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|Address:||212 Fulham Road, London SW10 9PJ|
|Tel:||020 7768 1140|
|Price: £45.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 5-11pm Fri-Sat 12N-3pm Sun 12N-10pm|
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Coming here on a double-date foursome on the strength of a recommendation we were very surprised at how lived-in and comfortable the setting was for what is a very new restaurant. Lighting is dim, the candle-lit tables quite romantic, chairs lovely and squishy and it was lovely to see smartly dressed and smiley staff.
The menu was very nostalgic in its choices and presentation and in truth we had great difficulty in choosing what we were going to eat, despite there only being eight or so starters and mains each to choose from. In the end we all chose different things in the hope that some of us would let others share! The dressed crab salad was really lovely and fresh and showed that simplicity is sometimes the better way to go. Oysters apparently were great although not my thing at all. When the mains arrived we were literally gob-smacked. The toad in the hole I ordered was breathtakingly huge with the most enormous yorkshire pudding i have ever seen. The beef wellington also compelled my partner to utter a few unrepeatable words and embarrassingly enough our waiter just laughed at and said it was a normal thing to hear. The eating was every bit as good as the seeing and it was a struggle to keep hold of my own plate as the others were itching to have their share.
We only managed two desserts between us and I can safely say the rice pudding is the best I have ever had. Better than my Mum's even (sorry Mum). So rich, creamy, sweet without being sweet, it came with a side of strawberry jam which I don't like but over which the others fought.
Service was really great and the staff ever so friendly. It was nice to see the management take an active interest in our dining experience and my only critical comment is that the portions were fractionally too large for us girls, although typically the boys immediately vetoed my suggestion! I loved the cocktails too which were some of the very best I've had in London.
Overall the service is top rate, the food really impressive and although it is more upscale in price it isn't by an means overpriced. This is an exceptional restaurant and deserves to be busier than it was that night.