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|Address:||44 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PA|
|Tel:||020 7730 6060|
|Price: £47.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)|
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Early evening and The Thomas Cubitt was packed downstairs but upstairs in the dining room was far quieter – at least when we first arrived – more of which later. The dining room is very pleasant, rather like one of those grand dining rooms in posh houses you see in the property supplements of quality Sunday newspapers (which is really exactly what it is) and looking like someone has run through the Farrow and Ball colour card with some artful ‘distressing’ on woodwork and lots of wooden floors and furniture – its the sort of room that's very current just now but will look really dated in 18 months time.
Dinner was good, but not excellent and rather lower standards than are set in its little sister Pantechnicon. I started with Seared scallops, heritage apple, gingerbread, chestnuts – 3 plump, meaty scallops, nice thick swirl of apple and gingerbread crumbs, all be it that it had a slightly bland texture but the chestnuts were just a mistake; hard and overly chewy. Followed by Lemon & thyme crusted chicken, Somerset Rambler dumplings, pumpkin, pine nuts – almost there but not quiet; lovely chicken but the crust felt a bit like something you'd get in a cheapish hotel restaurant. Followed by Apple & sultana crumble tart where I swapped the promised clotted cream for ginger icecream – a nice twist on a fairly standard dish as the crumble was a small indidivual tart and the ginger icecream was great avoiding that cloying texture that it can sometimes have.
Value for money was fine, 3 people, 3 courses, water and a nice bottle of white burgundy for £155 so no complaints there.
Service was a bit random, polite but confused is perhaps the best way to describe it – nothing you could quite put your finger on but it seemed to fall apart a bit the busier the restaurant got, and it did get very busy. Whilst we started in a largely empty room it was very packed and very loud by the time we got to dessert and unfortunately with exactly the sloaney types you'd fear it might be given the area.
Online booking simple with a reminder e-mail, but followed on the day with a slightly odd call where I was asked “How long do you want the table for?” which got the reply “Till we've finished” – I don't have a problem with a 2 hour turn round, but why do it in such a haphazard fashion?
Overall its good, but there is little to recommend it ahead of Pantechnicon other perhaps than the chips which are a lot better at The Thomas Cubitt for being properly hand cut fat chips rather than what look like machine cut fries; it make a difference, but not enough to persude me from choosing Pantecnicon next time.