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34 Dover Street , London, W1S 4NG

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SquareMeal Review of QP LDN

Formerly known as Quattro Passi, QP LDN brings the Amalfi coast (or its flavours, at least) to London, producing “a delightful experience” suited to special occasions and deep pockets. If the atmosphere and service can feel a little formal at times, “impeccable” front-of-house ministrations and a “lovely ambience” come in for praise from readers. Chef Antonio Mellino’s take on Italian cooking is bright, sharp and a long way from mama’s bosom – witness openers of squid tagliatelle with cauliflower or langoustine risotto with peach (fruit makes its way into several unlikely places), followed by sea bass fillet with courgette cream and Mediterranean salsa or some simply grilled chicken. Puddings are often centred on one ingredient (hazelnuts or raspberries, say), but also embrace homemade pistachio gelato and the rich citrus hit of warm orange tart with bitter chocolate. Wines are marked up with an enthusiasm that can seem excessive even on Dover Street.

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5.3

Food & Drink: 6.0

Service: 7.7

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 4.7

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

RJ E. 09 December 2016

Made my guest, a 72 year old gentleman, feel cool again! A lovely atmosphere, very attentive and knowledgable staff, and excellent authentic Italian food.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 09 January 2015

Londoners do not have to look far to find high-end Italians, particularly in swanky Mayfair. Nonetheless, a newish restaurant fronted by a chef with two Michelin stars under his belt in his native Italy deserves a visit. Our recent lunch at Quattro Passi, while impressive, certainly wasn’t stand-out and there are many other Italians I would rate above this one in the vicinity. As much as the website promises tastes of Campania (think the Amalfi coast) and diners are greeted by ornate lemon bushes in the foyer, the atmosphere within Quattro Passi is much more austere. Like the now-deceased Cotidie on Marylebone High Street, the room occupied by Quattro Passi felt far too large to be intimate. Moreover, it was decorated primarily in cold colours and populated primarily by suits. Maybe it gets better in the evening, but the restaurant certainly seems to be somewhere much more aimed at business deals rather than romancing. A set lunch menu of £25 nonetheless has some obvious appeal, although beware of the a la carte, where prices are much more eye-watering. My octopus Carpaccio starter was wonderfully fresh, light and tender while my comrade also rated his squid. Mains also pleased: an excellent veal ravioli for me and a wonderfully presented (and tasty) fish and vegetable tempura for my comrade. While the food could not be faulted, the service was somewhat more haphazard. In a place that was far from packed, I resent heavily being asked what I would like to eat barely a minute after being given the menu, and on both occasions our server presented my comrade and me with our dishes the wrong way round. It also took us inordinately long to pay the bill. One final word of warning for diners here: beware the wine list. We both partook in an adequate glass of Falanghina (at £9 each), but one would really struggle to find a bottle for less than £60. In conclusion, however good the food may have been, there are certainly much better all-round experiences elsewhere.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 0.0

Julien L. 22 March 2014

In short: - very nice staff - Worst wine list I have seen in my life : wines are priced 4 to 6 times retail price. Cheapest bottle of red wine is 85gbp. Cheapest prosecco for 65gbp… This is the first time I go for diner, and I end up having cocktails instead of wine. - There were a lot a kids running around. I love kids, but if you go for a date… Go somewhere else. - Food was very overpriced too (I have been living in London for 11 years, I have been to a few overpriced places, but this one deserved the number 1 on the podium.) - This is actually my first review ever. That must give you a sense of my feelings, and I guess I would share the disappointment in order to save others the same…

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Private members lounge
Capacity: 60