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|Address:||Levels 39-40, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP|
|Tel:||020 7071 5009|
|Price: £63.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 9am-4pm (Fri -11pm)|
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I attended this restaurant for lunch with two friends, one of whom is a member.
The only good thing about this place is the view which is absolutely outstanding. However, the venue itself is soul-less and the service, whilst efficient, is totally without anything to recommend itself.
You cannot order a single course but must choose between two and three course or tasting menu optons. We all opted for the two course option at £42. Two of us ordered mussels to start and the other ordered lamb. When the starters arrived, we all burst out laughing.Three of the timiest mussels you will ever see were arranged i on a vast plate with a few other micro ingredients that I really can't remember. The waiter then proceded to douse the mussels in a frothy soupy slop. That was it. I wouldn't mind so much but it wasn't particularly tasty. My other companion's minuscule lamb came shredded and wrapped in cucumber. She had maybe two or three tiny bites and just left it.
My cod main was overcooked, as was one of my companion's. My other companion had a lamb main which was so tiny he made a sandwich out of it with the bread roll. Oh, I nearly forgot, the main meal was accompanied by a particularly unappetising, runny bowl of polenta.
Our main gripes were (a) portion size; (b) quality; and (c) taste. I'm no expert but I thought nouvelle cuisne had fallen from grace. Not here it hasn't. The portion sizes were laughable. We wouldn't have minded so much if the portion sizes were compensated by quality and/or taste. Unfortunately they were not.
At no stage did any of the waiting staff or mait're d ask any of us if we were enjoying our meal. We got the impression that they were so used to getting generally underwhelming reactions to their food from diners, they would rather not ask! If I could give this place zero stars I wiould. The one saving grace is that you can't get in unless you go with or are a member, are a tenant or attending a private event. If you do not fall into any of these categories, you are in the happy position of never having to suffer my experience