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28 Upper Grosvenor Street
It’s hard to imagine Richard Corrigan seated in the restaurant that bears his name – at first glance, the blue-toned dining room and polished expanses seem too elegant to contain him. But there’s something of the chef’s robustness in a heartily seasonal menu, the odd visual pun and a chef’s trolley which might proffer shoulder of suckling pig or Dover sole meunière. Corrigan’s puts nature’s larder on the table in a way that suits “occasions when you want to be spoilt”. Influences are wide-ranging, so you might find chicken congee with scallop or roasted boneless quail with red curry and prawn toast ahead of perfectly timed Cornish cod with stuffed baby squid or one of the justly renowned game specialities: if you’re going to have hare in Mayfair, have it here, or try roast wild duck with pumpkin, celery and walnut. Presentation is appealing, but a fair distance from fussy – and the same can be said of a wine list grouped loosely by style.
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28 Upper Grosvenor Street
Marble Arch Tube Station 486m
Bond Street Tube Station 601m
The Dorchester Hotel 368m
Marble Arch 421m
Mon-Fri, Sun 12N-2.45pm (Sun -3.45pm) Mon-Sun 6-10.30pm (Sun -9.15pm)
Richard Corrigan’s flagship is all about warm hospitality and jocular levity, but here in Mayfair you also get refinement by the bucket load in its various private dining rooms. The Lindsay Room has a 42in LCD screen, letting diners watch all the kitchen action, or for a more private affair, Poet’s Corner offers a VIP feel. At the Chef’s Table, guests meet the kitchen brigade before taking their seats behind a glass wall to watch them at work. Lastly, in the Kitchen Library, tasting menus are introduced and served by the chefs.
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Food + drink: 4
Lovely food ! Pity about the service ! Watch the cocktail prices......£21+ for ONE glass of champagne !!!
We visited on 17th March and have a really lovely 'set' lunch. The atmosphere was really nice and the music was an added bonus. Richard and staff had made a really effort with shamrock everywhere and were serving 'black velvet' drinks. The staff were attentive and friendly. Everyone seemed to be having a jolly time and loving the quality of the food. In my view it is the only place to visit on St Patrick's Day but it should also be a regular place to dine with food this good.
What to say about Corrigan's? An elegant restaurant with excellent staff, both efficient and courteous at the same time, perfectly poised to assist or serve. However, I wouldn't expect to be gouged for a "cover" charge in such a restaurant. Is £2 a head necessary for an establishment that charges £10 for a gin? To resort to such tactics took the shine from a reasonably good, but not spectacular, meal. The drinks were seriously overpriced and add to the £2 charge felt a little like having one's pocket picked while standing helplessly watching.
To the food; starters of smoked salmon and smoked eel were reasonable. The salmon was very salty and was not full of flavour. On main courses, my wife had the red mullet which she praised to the heavens. I had saddle of rabbit which was good, but again not exactly packed with flavour. Desserts were not attractive to us, nor was the cheese plate at £20. Water was almost £5 a bottle.
Normally, I am not overly concerned about price - I am there to enjoy. But given the unfavourable balance of the price/flavour equation with the food, the high prices charged for drinks and the add-ons removed a great deal of the pleasure from our night out.
A restaurant of this elegance and reputation surely should provide a better all-round experience.
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