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|Address:||32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3EQ|
|Tel:||020 3641 8345|
|Price: £47.00||Wine: £18.75||Champagne: £35.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 11am-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)|
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I was taking out a team of people who had just successfully completed a new building for my company which went very well and finished on time – so I wanted them to enjoy themselves.
We allowed the young lady architect to pick the restaurant and she had always wanted to come here but couldn't afford to on her own account.
The restaurant is quite tucked away on the street with a recessed entrance – I passed it twice looking for the postal address then almost fell into it by chance!
Despite the volume of the space, the room was warm and inviting and the seating perfect for six. Our group had become friends having worked together for two years, so conversation wasn't a problem and fortunately there was no loud music in the background to disturb normal speech.
The pretty waitress soon revealed that she not only knew every detail of the menu but how each dish was prepared, then went on to demonstrate her knowledge of the wines. When asked for her own recommendations she gave her honest opinions and not the most expensive items on the list.
Service was quick – probably due to the Tuesday lunch slot being pretty quiet – but we were intrigued to see our starters arrive, as their descriptions on the menu had one or two twists – a little bit different.
Mains were a choice of steaks or chicken – we all went for steaks. Again our young adviser guided us to the perfect choice of cooking – medium well for this cut of beef but medium rare for another. Everyone was satisfied with their choice.
The dessert menu was rather cryptic again but well-received when served.
The wine chosen by our friend cost £30 per bottle against £23 for the house red (somehow I couldn't bring myself to order “tramshed red”) but really good value for a Rioja.
The bill worked out at £70 each including the discretionary 12.5% tip – which I was pleased to pay.
None of us had seen the Damien Hirst cow with chicken before but, as construction people, our interest was more taken by the original condition of the old tramshed.
A really good meal in good company with excellent service and surroundings – we'll certainly be back!