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|Address:||9 Cursitor Street, London EC4A 1LL|
|Tel:||020 3641 5832|
|Price: £49.00||Wine: £17.50||Champagne: £44.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6-10pm|
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My dad and I came here last week as a mid-week early evening dinner, I think we had the first sitting because we were the only people in there! It felt slightly strange being the only people in a restaurant and I wasn't sure how the evening would subsequently pan out. I would therefore suggest not sitting down before 7 / 7.30pm. Before I say much about the food let me first say that this worry soon passed as the restaurant filled up and the atmosphere grew. The acoustics were such that you could hear a buzz of conversation but your own conversation was not drowned out.
We were offered cheese straws and olive breads whilst we browsed the menu. After we had ordered (we chose to not have a starter) we were given a complimentary ‘shot’ of something lovely and creamy looking. Unfortunately, I cannot have certain creams so I passed mine to my dad, who said it was delicious and the chef very kindly made me a tiny fig and parma ham salad which was divine. The wine list is excellent, although there isn't anything below £15 unless you have just a glass. We were dining on a TasteLondon card and it was easy to see where they make their money, the wine is certainly not budget! We ordered Duckbill Reisling from Australia which was £18.50 a bottle. It was good but I've tasted whites from local wine cooperatives in the South of France which taste stunning and those bottles cost a few euros, but I am as a result difficult to please on this one! I have researched and the wine we ordered appears to be sold for around £9 in the shops/wine merchants. Restaurant mark-ups always get my goat.
We ordered for our mains: Crisp fillet of sea bass, scallops, pea and broad bean risotto and white wine emulsion; and Spiced saddle of lamb, crisp spring roll, butter bean, baby artichoke and mint vinaigrette, and we had a green side salad. The portions were modest but perfectly sized for our appetites, and utterly delicious. Really melt in the mouth. I really cannot find a fault in it whatsoever. I would say to anybody who likes a big big meal to have a starter as well as a main, but for us this was perfect. We felt full and satisfied but not bloated. We were then given a complimentary petite assiette of palate cleansing sorbets – again, stunning.
For dessert we had: White chocolate and rum mousse, short crust biscuits, cherry compote; and Poached peaches in vanilla, meringue, mascarpone cream and apricot sorbet. Again, perfect portion size and faultless taste. Not too sweet, not too heavy – just perfect. We had a decaf coffee and a mint tea. It is worth noting that The Chancery have a full selection of the best decaf teas and coffees – we were very pleasantly surprised!
Apart from the faultless food, the service was also brilliant. There had been a discrepancy with the TasteLondon card at the booking stage but they rectified it instantly and without fuss. The air conditioning was also slightly too chilly and they turned it down straight away. The only mildly negative comment I would make would be that our conversation seemed to be interrupted a fair bit by our waitress coming over and taking our plates away almost as soon as we had finished eating. She didn't speak to us much which was fine but still, its hard to carry on talking when you've got someone literally in between you. I've always felt that a good meal is complimented further by not noticing your servers, after all they are a part of your dining experience in so far as they are NOT part of your dining experience if that makes sense.
Our total meal, with wine and coffee/tea and service charge came to £82 which I felt was reasonable, but remember this was with our 50% off food – I am not sure I could as readily come here without that discount.
I would recommend everybody living in London or working near Chancery Lane/Holborn/St Pauls make a special trip to The Chancery. It was one of the best meals out I've had in ages.