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1 Regent Street St James's
Part of an international chain that attracts a matching clientele, restaurateur Costas Spiliadis’s London outpost shows off a spanking-fresh ‘market’ of Mediterranean fish, with around 20 species waiting for diners to make their selection. It’s a justly confident way to sell a menu of sharing dishes, though it’s the only action in a rather plain and pale dining room. From the raw bar, you might choose oysters and clams, tuna sashimi or a Greek ceviche with wild Mediterranean herbs, beans and feta, while the list of classics features enough octopus, calamari and cuttlefish to eat with eight arms. Balance comes from veggie items including a dish of steamed wild and rarely seen greens. Unless you count the fried potatoes served with a small selection of steaks, your doctor is unlikely to disapprove of anything on the menu. Sadly, we can’t say the same about your bank manager.
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1 Regent Street St James's
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 234m
Leicester Square Tube Station 451m
Cineworld Haymarket 101m
Apollo West End 109m
Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5-12M Sat-Sun 12N-12M
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Food + drink: 4
We visited here on Saturday evening and they have obviously squeezed far too many tables together. There was no space between any too the tables
Our table was literally infant of the bar, with people trying to slip through and talking behind you. Had to complain three times before we got moved.
When we went to order something off the menu we were told it would take to long.
Then to top it all off they lost my husbands jacket, which he had to go downstairs to eventually find.
Not what you expect when you pay £800 for 4 people, for a meal!
Historically loved the food here, but due to all this, I will not be returning nor recommending to other friends.
Manager quite frankly rude, and obviously rushed off his feet and not interested in his customers. His excuse was they were busy - not good enough!
I visited for lunch and was looking forward to 'creating your own menu at the ever-changing and abundant fish market' and had looked at the A la carte menu picking out lots of lovely dishes.
The website also promises - 'Whether your preference is grilled, fried, sashimi or tartare, or if you would like to discover a more traditional preparation such as kakavia or achnisto, there is the perfect catch waiting for you'
What actually happened - we got given a set lunch menu with 3 choices for starter, main and dessert.
No a la carte menu, no mention of the large fish display which I realised was there when I went to the bathroom after ordering.
I'm not sure if it's just not avaiable at lunch - in which case this needs to be explained on the website - or if we just had a horrendous waiter who totally missed explaining anything to us!
We both ordered starters and asked for an extra starter for the table - this totally threw our waiter - I don't think this is a totally wacky request - I made it clear we would obviously pay extra but he just didn't really understand that we wanted to try a few dishes and share.
The starters were delicious - octopus that was cooked perfectly, crispy and delicious calamari and fresh and zingy salmon tartar.
The main courses also really decent - but sadly they came served with the most sorry looking microwaved veg portion ever - just sitting all sad and limp on my plate next to my delicious Salmon and beans. Sadly the wonderful sides that other people have raved about were no where to be seen.
The dessert selection was very poor - fruit, yoghurt or walnut cake, not that impressive. I had the cake it was ok. just ok.
The restaurant was half full, mainly business lunches but a couple of ladies lunches.
I will definitely go back on an evening service where I really truly hope i have a totally different experience that matches up with what they promise on the website!
The restaurant is large and was full of the beautiful people of Mayfair and St James's when I visited. Superb fresh fish, lots of choice, all cooked beautifully. I let the rest of the group choose our dishes and they were all perfectly executed, tartare of mackerel with a punchy ponzu sauce, snapper and cod, greek salad and you have to have the "aubergine stack" - it's one of Milos specials, thinly sliced, fried aubergine stacked in a pyramid over a mound of tzatziki - I think we are 4 plates of this! They offer what appears to be a great value set lunch menu £29 for 3 courses, and unlike many set menus, I would eat everything on this one. I look forward to going back, but only when my bank balance has recovered from this visit, as "cheap" it is not.
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