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|Address:||Off Abbotsbury Road, Holland Park, London W8 6LU|
|Tel:||020 3641 8320|
|Price: £58.00||Wine: £26.00||Champagne: £49.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -3.30pm) 6-11pm|
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Wasn't entirely sure what to expect from The Belvedere; somewhat of an old-school Marco Pierre-White restaurant, it tends to be somewhere that I have always avoided, despite living nearby. Saturday lunches are Jazz Piano-filled and although at first I was filled with dread, it was actually a pleasant accompaniment to the meal. The dining room is filled with groups of slightly older patrons and families and the service is very area-appropriate; formal and curteous without being overly stuffy.
The menu isn't terribly exciting and the sight of ‘Caesar Salad a la Belvedere’ send shivvers down my spine. Luckily my starter of Foie Gras was excellent and my main course of swordfish with salsa verde and oven roast potatoes was outstanding. The swordfish was charred to perfection, meaty yet tender and the potatoes, crisp and buttery. I didn't manage dessert, but I was incredibly impressed with the food and a 3-course meal for £24.50 is excellent value in stylish surrounds, reminiscent of the days of Art Deco and Chinoiserie.