Le Caprice 333

Arlington Street , London, SW1A 1RJ

020 3641 1873

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SquareMeal Review of Le Caprice

It opened back in 1947, but the modern-day Le Caprice is really the creation of Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King, who sold it to Caprice Holdings when they set off to launch The Wolseley. Long-serving maître d’ Jesus Adorno has also been instrumental in its longevity, ensuring that staff look after first-timers and regulars with equal care. While some might carp that the place is stuck in an 80s time-warp with its monochrome decor, David Bailey portraits and globally flavoured menu, that’s what the fans love. You might go for Thai-baked sea bass, Indian-spiced lamb or miso-marinated salmon, but we find the European brasserie classics are the best: char-grilled octopus with chorizo and Padrón peppers never fails to delight, calf’s liver with caramelised onions and pancetta is always perfectly cooked and anything involving a plate of juicy tiger prawns is a failsafe bet. Sides are every bit as good and desserts such as steamed treacle pud satisfy the sweet-toothed. Le Caprice may not have the most youthful clientele, but this is St James’s – which makes the size of the bill a pleasant surprise.

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7.9

Food & Drink: 7.9

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.3

Value: 7.3

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Martin D. 20 April 2015

The food and service was first Class yesterday when my wife and I went for brunch A lovely way to spend Sunday Lunch martin

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Francesco d. 01 July 2014

If you have the confidence to enjoy yourself in the rarified atmosphere you will absolutely love it. Wall flowers are better off at home.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

GH platinum reviewer 28 May 2014

Great service from entry to exit. Wonderful food (the duck salad was amazing). Lovely atmosephere. The bar counter is nice if dining alone.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 24 March 2014

It feels like Le C has been here forever and perhaps it has. Slick and attentive lunchtime service got busier and busier, but we were rather early for Sunday jazz – apparently it is Saturday brunch/lunch and Sunday evening. Following on from Brasserie Chavot the previous evening was rather a tall order. Breads were ok and my chicken tarragon soup didn't work for me mostly because I had hoped for something lighter and more modern which was my mistake for not asking – it looked as though it had been made with leftover chicken…nothing wrong with that if it had had more tarragon and a fresher zing to it, so I felt slightly apprehensive about what was to follow. My partner reassured me that his risotto starter with morels and artichokes (to follow as my main) was very good indeed. Greatly relieved I had to agree that the risotto was done properly and completely satisfying as was his superb quality rib-eye. Brouilly and a Crozes Hermitage were selected from a decent list by the glass and both were very agreeably glugged. I was bemused to find one cake in the bread basket which resembled a chocolate brownie, but I suppose if someone is there for brunch, then that is maybe what some would wish to find. Needless to say we will be back not only for the jazz but also the food.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Romney S. 10 March 2014

Excellent welcome, Attentive service, Delicious food and great atmosphere. Would definitely eat there again for lunch. It was next door to the Ritz where I was staying, which was handy.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Henrietta R. 17 September 2013

I booked the Caprice for our wedding anniversary lunch because we had been then many times before and always liked it. The date was a Sunday and we got a midday timing. Several weeks later the day arrived and we went to church before hand (which normally finishes at 1pm). I looked at my phone at about 12.45pm, saw that I had a missed call, looked at my diary and realised that we should have been at the restaurant a long time ago. The Caprice had understandably cancelled our reservation on the grounds of extreme lateness. I rang them and apologised profusely, explained what had happened and they couldn't have been kinder. They told us to hurry along and they would find a way to fit us in somehow. Which they did, even though the restaurant was rapidly very full and we were an hour late. The service was speedy, highly professional yet very friendly. The food was good, our starters and puddings particularly good. The cod of our main course was beautifully cooked. They gave us an extra glass of pudding wine on the house together with some petit fours on a plate with “Happy Anniversary” written on beautifully with chocolate. It has a great atmosphere and is clearly very popular with the fashion crowd during London Fashion Week. Great place and we will certainly return.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

OrientalGourmand bronze reviewer 05 August 2013

We had lunch at the terrace with our dog. Food was excellent, whatever you order, they won't disappoint you. The service was attentive and welcoming but because of the popularity of the restaurant, the staff seemed to struggle to attend to all guests in timely manners at the peak time. We were fortunate to have a company of a great couple who were sophisticated and charming, I suppose such guests as they who know how to enjoy lunch in style are part of the establishment. Thank you so much for letting us enjoy lunch with our dog, which had been confirmed by the time we arrived after reservation on line, which doesnt seem to happen so easily in a restaurant on Mount Street.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Munira 08 April 2013

I went to Le Caprice on Friday night with my husband and two of our friends. Our table was booked for 9.30pm and we were kept waiting fro 30 mins at a packed bar, only to be seated, once pushed, at a set table which had been empty since we walked into the restaurant. We were then met with an awfully sour faced waitress who, when my friend ordered steak tartare was met met with the response “do you know that is raw meat?”. Our food was pretty much thrown in front of us when it arrived. It was an extremely disappointing evening. I love the atmostphere and used to very much enjoy dining here but unfortunately i will never be returning here again.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Neil M. platinum reviewer 28 January 2013

I re-visited this classic for the first time in years and was left wondering why I hadn't been back recently. The atmosphere (on a Saturday night) was buzzing and remained so until well after midnight, which surprised me. The cooking as I remembered was very good. It was very busy, but service was a bit slow. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I'll be back rather sooner than before.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Max B. bronze reviewer 06 September 2012

When a friend booked a table at Le Caprice for a post-concert dinner last Saturday, I had my misgivings. I had experienced too many business lunches there, unremarkable food, the noise culminating with a very bad meal a couple of years ago. However I was to be pleasantly surprised. Our table was ready on time but we decided to have a drink at the bar. My Negroni was mixed perfectly and my companion’s Whisky Sour also enjoyed a good report. The front of the house is a lot more relaxed than in the past and service is swift and to the point. The starters drew positive reviews from the table. The endive and fennel salad with sweet mustard dressing had the right balance of bitterness and sweetness. I had the rump of veal with sweet corn and girolles and it was cooked perfectly and the meat retained the right degree of milkiness. The calve’s liver also scored well and so did the suckling pig. The portions are good size and they are sufficient without adding any sides. I cannot resist a pavlova and I was assured by the waiter that it is the strongest pudding on the list. It was quiet good, with the merengue chewy inside but the blueberries were scarce… so nothing to write home about. We had a good bottle of Crozet-Hermitage 2009 Domaine Les Chenets that helped making the gathering even more convivial. Overall we had a good experience but I still think the prices are a bit too steep for a post-performance dinner, that the room still lacks atmosphere but the service and the food have improved enormously. Will I go back? Maybe. Will I reccomend it? Maybe

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