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46 Lexington Street
With a low-key, all-black frontage setting the tone, this Soho evergreen isn’t about to flaunt its near-legendary “romantic” charms. Space is at a premium here, but once you find a candlelit table, settle in for starters of plump confit pork cheeks with almond, peach and fennel or perhaps a delicate lobster bisque. The eclectic handwritten menu changes daily and “good value” mains keep things simple via a chunky Old Spot pork chop or fillet of stone bass with pine nuts, while puds might bring textbook pavlova or fresh figs drizzled with labneh, honey and walnuts. Personable, expert staff help to ease the digestion, while expertise and reliability characterise the superb selection of Old World wines – in fact the whole outfit is a friendly celebration of old-school restaurant values. The dimly lit, split-level premises may eschew anything remotely grandiose with its shabby, dated furnishings, but Andrew Edmunds delivers comfort and character in spades.
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46 Lexington Street
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 359m
Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 402m
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Mon-Sat 12N-3.30pm 5.30-10.45pm
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Food + drink: 5
good food - bistro but so what? brilliant/cheap (for location) wine list and help to choose. Service fast, helpful, smiling - and great you can only book one week in advance - stops multiple bookings and no shows. no complimentary drink if table not ready? what world is that reviewer in? go to Mitchelin 3* if that is what you want. I heard bar staff say too busy to take booking - great! small place, busy service - phone at a quieter time if you are that desperate - going back for second time a week after first visit, just wish it was closer than an hour away.
Food + drink: 4
Andrew Edmunds is a little, intimate, friendly, filling, unpretentious, fairly-priced, gem of a restaurant perfect for second dates, friendly catch-ups and small group gatherings. I love that the menu changes frequently, implying seasonality and freshness, and has plenty of hearty options. I ordered dressed crab followed by crab spaghetti to much merriment (but the guy next to me went for chicken parfait followed by poussin so he wasn't one to laugh). The first crab was delicious: fresh-tasting, delicate, a whiff of the seaside, with a delicious sharp sauce on the side (of which I would have liked a second dollop, but that's a minor niggle) and good value for a fully stuffed beast at £8.50. But I was sorely disappointed by my main as the chef had committed 2 cardinal pasta sins: firstly, the spaghetti was not al dente but cooked to a denture-friendly sogginess; secondly, some buffoon had broken the strands before throwing them in the pot thus making it impossible to twirl around a fork and shovel in to the mouth. A deliberate insult to the Italians (as any chef worth his salt knows the trick to cooking spaghetti whole), a sop to the terrible Brit habit of cutting up cooked spaghetti (not to be encouraged by the professionals!), or just a trainee error? There was also too much chilli oil for me but that, and the enormous portion size, would no doubt please others. Happily I have had other wonderful mains here (mostly meaty masterpieces) and this meal finished off with a delicious treacle tart which reminded me of school days, but in a good way. The long wine menu included a lovely Gewurtztraminer/Riesling/Pinot blend which kept me happy too. Service was helpful and efficient as ever and the atmosphere its usual cosy self (although I would have liked to turn down the volume on the hedgie behind us). I look forward to finding another excuse to return to this place which feels blissfully “local” despite its central location.
Food + drink: 2
If only there could be more places Andrew Edmund's in London! What a great place. The food is very good. Not Michelin Star good, but French countryside restaurant good. And then there is the wine. The owners have a special agreement to buy bin ends at a famous London merchant and pass the discounts on the guests. The result is without a shadow of a doubt the best value-per-drop wine list in the London. It is an absolute joy, really really great. All this is topped of with a romantic atmosphere and some of the kindest and most genuine service around. It is seldom that I such things but, it would be very difficult, if even possible to improve Andrew Edmunds.
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