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23-25 Davies Street
Whether it’s Johnny Depp fresh from a Leicester Square premiere or X Factor judges recovering from a nail-biting deadlock, C London is the go-to diner for A-list celebrities. If that conjures up
giddy images of beau-monde sophistication, think again: this is fundamentally a very expensive version of an old-school Italian, catering to the undemanding tastes of the international super-rich.
There’s a ‘Dubai does art-deco’ feel to the dining room with its high-gloss woods, mirrors and marble, while dapper waiters are mostly past the first flush of youth. If you can stomach the
excruciating prices, the kitchen’s very generous renditions of risotto primavera, veal milanese (£41.10) and calf’s liver veneziana are competently done, and there’s a treat to finish in the form
of ice cream whipped tableside. Italy leads the wine list, with little under £50.
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23-25 Davies Street
Bond Street Tube Station 373m
Oxford Circus Tube Station 661m
Fenwick of Bond Street 295m
Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-11.45pm (Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 3
Went for a birthday dinner. Really buzzy atmosphere with staff running around at a million miles an hour. Food styled on home cooked Italian which was ok at best. Wine list good. Go for a fun night out and make sure you drink enough to tolerate the bill (starters around £20 and mains £35).
Enjoyable experience but probably not go again.
Food + drink: 4
Clearly C-London must be doing something right since the place was packed on the weekday lunchtime when I recently visited the restaurant. Maybe it’s just that people still want to be seen here, but even if C-London was in the vanguard of ‘destination restaurants’ some years ago, it seems difficult to believe that it has been able to sustain this mantle. Indeed, when we ate, the majority of the other diners were suited with barely a D-list celebrity to be seen. C-London could be a nice restaurant based on its décor, a homage to art deco with a hint of Italian chic, but one simple failing was evident from the moment we walked in – the tables are far too close together. This restaurant is about as far from intimate as one can imagine, and dining is rarely pleasant when shouting or constantly having to lean towards your dining partner is involved. In addition, the service we experienced was best described as poor. We asked for one main dish to be shared between two and were informed this would be sufficient (combined with our starters). On arrival of the main, it was clearly far too small for two, yet either they omitted to tell us this beforehand or something got lost in translation. Upon our surprise, yet without asking (but still charging, of course), they proceeded to bring us a second helping. This arrived long after we had finished the first and the moment of hunger had passed. It got worse. While theoretically enjoying a leisurely coffee at the end of the meal, my cup was literally whisked away from under my nose despite being not empty and returned with half-sneered apology. This is not what one would expect from a place charging £12 for a green salad and £28 for sea-bass tagliatelle. Not that this would be a specific reason either to return to or to endorse C-London, but the food did at least make up for the rest of the experience. My salad of artichoke and avocado with which I began worked well, an interesting combination, light and well-presented, surrounded by a pyramid of parmesan shavings. The sea-bass tagliatelle main had good balance with the piquancy of the cherry tomatoes nicely offsetting the perfectly prepared pasta and its olive oil-based sauce. Nonetheless, one can do at least as well for food and certainly much better in terms of service and price elsewhere in London. Give me Cecconi’s any time…
Food + drink: 2
My Wife and I were looking for an Italian Restaurant close to our Club in Mayfair.
We had our Grandchildren overnight in London.
They wanted to eat Italian and they are aged 11 and 9.
I found C London on a general search and booked for Saturday evening.
We arrived on time at 7 and the place was almost empty. We left at just gone 9 and it was still almost empty.
Our food was adequate (just), the waiting staff over attentive (they had so few people to look after) and it was somewhat rushed.
My Wife had a small amount of House Red whilst my Grandchildren and I drank Water and soft drinks.
When the Bill arrived it was well over £400!
When I got back to Worcestershire on Sunday afternoon I decided to search for reviews.
I wish I had done this before I went there.
We didn't realise that C London is the well known Cipriani's.
What a disappointment.
Why would anyone want this experience!
We won't be visiting again.
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