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|Address:||67-77 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HJ|
|Tel:||020 7251 7950|
|Price: £46.00||Wine: £17.95||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7am-4.45pm 6-10.45pm Sat 10am-11pm Sun 9.30am-4.45pm|
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One of the most insidious afflictions that has crept into the London restaurant scene over the last few years is the idea that you get a table for a set period of 2 hours. SoS (or at least the second floor restaurant) has gone one stage further; one-and-a-half hour time slots! Fair enough possibly, but why did nobody tell us this when we booked, so that we could have gone somewhere else? Maybe that is exactly why they didn't tell us.
I admit that it was our fault (well, one of our group's fault) that we were nearly 30 minutes late, but then to be told that this meant that there wasn't enough time for us to eat, as the kitchen couldn't cope, was absurd. With much grovelling and protestations that we'd forego starters, we were allowed to grace the restaurant with our money.
The set up on the second floor is pretty starightforward: starters are all 7 1/2 Pounds and mains either 13 or 15 Pounds (pretentiously never £s). Of course, we were barred from even considering starters, so went straight to the mains. Steaks all round. £15 for steak and chips isn't so bad these days, and the rare was bloody, the medium nicely pink and the well done like shoe leather, so everyone was happy.
We had, however, only expended half an hour of our by now one hour long slot. So we could have had starters after all. Instead, we got another bottle of wine. Come the end of the alloted hour and a half, and even though there were other empty tables, and nobody queing for a seat, we were presented with the bill and politely told to sod off. Sorry, we were told that we were welcome to sit downstairs at the bar.
Maybe the City really is going soft, and boozy lunches are now banned, but even for a half decent break at a half decent restaruant, an hour-and-a-half just doesn't give you enough time to really enjoy it without feeling rushed. For a leaving lunch, that was supposed to be long, lazy and relaxing, it was just deflating.
At the risk of sounding like my mother (who rates a place bythe quality of its loos above all else), one thing that has always interested/ bugged me about SoS is the loos. The urinals at the Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo have a floor to ceiling window behind them, allowing one to admire the vista of that most marvellous city spread out forty floors or more below, whilst doing the necessary. I like this. At SoS, the window runs the length of the loos, from about waist height to the ceiling. Instead of looking down onto, or even out over, the roof tops of London, you look out over the Circle line (which is at ground level here) and straight into the next door office. Now I can see what they're doing, so???