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|Address:||The Courtyard, 20 St. Swithins Lane, London EC4N 8AD|
|Tel:||020 7768 1285|
|Price: £55.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £49.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-10pm|
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I had not been to the Don for a couple of years (used to be a regular) had recently returned to the City to work. I took a client on Friday and was, frankly, embarrassed. I had a mackerel starter which came in a in a bizarre watery liquid with wet lifeless vegetables an acerbic olive tapenade on top. Could not eat.
Then I had a salmon main course – no form of vegetable or greens – assumed there would be some as there appear to be no options for extras. The salmon was over-cooked, tasteless and came on some sort of tapioca like substance with a white sauce which filled up a bowl to the brim …. It looked like an apple crumble. Again I could not eat! My client had a couple of dishes which I cannot recall but he but had a similar overall impression. I was so embarrassed.
I have never had occasion to tell a waiter at a business lunch that the food was awful in front of a client but I did. The reply was “I will tell the chef”. – Naturally we skipped dessert!