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|Address:||St. James's Hotel & Club, 7-8 Park Place, London SW1A 1LS|
|Tel:||020 3641 1851|
|Price: £76.00||Wine: £26.00||Champagne: £73.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 12N-2pm 6.30-10pm|
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We're all used to being squashed into expensive restaurants like cattle, sitting elbow to elbow with other diners so Seven Park Place was a nice change. The booths were spacious and set apart so we could actually talk to each other instead of shouting our way over everyone else's conversations. It also takes a stand against the fashionable minimalist looking places across London with lots of luxurious colours which meant I felt like I was in an expensive restaurant instead of a very pricey All Bar One.
We all took the tasting menu and they were really happy to swop out the shellfish for one of us as she can't eat seafood. It wasn't a production, it was just done. As opposed to her, I loved both the scallops and the lobster tail but for me, the triumph was really the seabass. I usually find fish (all fish, in most restaurants) bland, boring and just completely forgettable but William Drabble has done something amazing with the creamed leeks, mushrooms and red wine. His dish made me actually considering ordering fish for a main course the next time I am in a restaurant and that is quite a success. And our Sommelier took my dislike of oaky wines to heart and paired it with a red wine. Unexpected, unusual but perfect.
This is not culinary wizardry a la Heston but this is an excellent chef making simple food taste extraordinary and that is definitely a talent to be appreciated. The key to this restaurant is that everything is just done to a very high standard. It isn't hip or cool but it is elegant and stylish both in the service and the food with occasional hints of brilliance, This is very much a Mayfair restaurant and it probably wouldn't work in somewhere like Soho but there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.