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5 Throgmorton Street
“Great casual dining” is the draw at this City transplant of the original Parisian steakhouse, but don’t come expecting choice. Le Relais de Venise is run along Henry Ford lines: you can have whatever you like so long as it’s green salad with walnuts and mustard vinaigrette followed by steak-frites with a sauce prepared to a secret recipe. Steak is served in two portions, with the second helping kept warm while you tackle the first – “superb beef” is the verdict. Misplaced vegetarians can follow their salad with cheese and frites. Choice does appear on the short, all-French wine list, and on the long French dessert menu, replete with fresh profiteroles, crème brûlée and lemon tartelettes. Soft lighting, dark wood and the black and white staff uniforms lend this 21st-century clone an uncannily established air. No bookings are taken, so be prepared to queue at peak times despite “quick” service.
5 Throgmorton Street
Fenchurch Street Station 264m
Bank Tube Station 290m
Drapers' Hall 60m
City of London Club 60m
Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm 6-10.30pm
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Food + drink: 3
Good place to go if there is only one thing you want for lunch… steak + chips. That is it, no choice, not a place for veggies or fussy eaters.
There is not even the option of having no sauce or the sauce on the side, it has to come with the sauce all over the steak. The steak is good, but french style and not as good as some of the steakhouses nearby ( gaucho, hawksmoor much better). The chips are good, thin cut french fries and you will only be given half your portion at the start, as the rest is kept warm and served to you half way through.
Very good atmosphere or a bustling parisian steakhouse.
One thing that lets it down is the no booking policy and the queue on the way in, which can be over half an hour at peak lunchhours…
Food + drink: 4
Love this place. Been twice in the last 2 weeks; once for lunch & again last night for dinner. It's a bit of a conveyor belt, so if you're looking for a fine dining experience, this isn't it. Steak & chips are consistently good – which is just as well, as that's all they do! Only decision you need to make is how do you like your steak & what red wine would you like – genius! Always busy so be prepared to queue at peak times as you can't book.
Food + drink: 0
Myself and two friends visited this restaurant for lunch at around midday, to avoid the lunch time rush. We have been before for private lunches as well as with our respective companies and occasions bought clients with us. Today however the level of service was absolutely appalling. One of our group was not eating due to having to depart early for a meeting, however they ordered a drink, whilst the other two ordered steak and chips. Half way through, before the food had even arrived, we were approached by a woman who I assume was the maître d’ and told that we were taking up a table for 4 when only 2 of us were eating. There were plenty of available tables in the restaurant. We explained that we would be finished before 1 however she returned on a second occasion and essentially told us we had to move. The person who was not eating was forced to leave. Following this, the same woman returned again with further excuses about the ‘busy period’ which resulted in the rest of our group getting up and leaving before we had even got our food. Had we had clients with us it could have been embarrassing. I will never return – clearly too pretentious for their own good. I have rated only half a star for food and drink as all I had the chance to have was a sip of my drink.
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