The Strand Dining Rooms 1

Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand , London, WC2N 5EJ

Strand Dining Rooms extr 2014

SquareMeal Review of The Strand Dining Rooms

Mark Sargeant is the culinary brains behind this smart Brit brasserie near Charing Cross Station, and readers describe it as "well above average" compared to the area's cheap tourist spots. Referencing a "bygone colonial era", the setting also draws inspiration from old Pullman railway carriages – all brass fittings, dark wood and brown leather – while "friendly staff" keep service on track. A varied menu can run from "New Year detox to steak and red wine", with well-executed dishes such as lamb rump with fragrant rosemary broth or scallops with black pudding alongside burgers and roast chicken (not forgetting the odd channel-hopping salade niçoise). Decent breakfasts and afternoon tea 
are also on offer. Perch at the handsome bar with an Apricot Bellini or head outside to the terrace – perfect for observing the bustle of Trafalgar Square beneath Nelson's Column.

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7.2

Food & Drink: 7.8

Service: 6.8

Atmosphere: 7.2

Value: 7.5

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Christine B. 27 November 2015

My husband and I had dinner at this restaurant last night. The food was very enjoyable, the service was excellent. My husband had asked for his favourite liqueur to have with his coffee which they did not have, neither did they have his second choice but the barman came over and made a suggestion of something similar which was very acceptable. We were seated near the front of the restaurant near quite a noisy group. We had booked in advance and I thought we would be seated in the main part of the restaurant. The waitress was very apologetic that she was unable to meet our wishes as it was so busy. Nevertheless we would go again as despite the noise we did have an enjoyable evening.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Nigel H. 17 January 2015

A great atmosphere and friendly staff, if slightly disorganised. We were a party of six and had a great time and they were cheerfully able to cope with a range of requests from those who were on a New year detox (green tea and spinach) to those who wanted steak and red wine. Food was very good and the wine selection was extensive. Would love to go back and try some of the cocktails. Interesting cooking, well above the average standard of the area which otherwise seems to have mainly cheap tourist places. It deserves to do very well.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

David S. 15 December 2014

Strand Dining Rooms has a fabulous location, and obviously no expense has been spared on the decor, which is very pleasing. We checked the website before booking and noted that they offered pre-theatre dining and a set menu. We arrived at 6.25 and were promptly seen by a charming waiter. We were given the a la carte and we inquired about the pre-theatre set menu. He went to get them but before he could give them to us he was intercepted by the maitre d and obviously told not to give them to us. He explained that only the a la carte was available and when we asked him to check again he got the same response from the maitre d. Upon subsequently calling them, we were told the set menu is indeed available in the evening. I wrote a review on another well-known website, and although the Managing Partner responds to every favourable review, he has not responded to mine. Very disappointing.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Jonathan B. 29 July 2014

Great experience from beginning to end. Very friendly,efficient and smartly dressed staff. Food, wine and cocktails were all excellent. Top location.Ideal for both work and play.My first visit was for fun, second next week is work. Already looking forward to it.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 5.0

Mark C. 26 July 2014

I love this place. It has a vintage yet contemporary feel, very comfortable stylish and relaxed. The service was friendly and prompt and all our dishes arrived in a good time and hot. I opted for the heritage beetroot salad which was stunning, and which left plenty of space for the steak which i had for my main. It was cooked to perfection and beautifully tender and what i consider as one of the best steak i have had in London for sure, and quite possibly the best outside of the America's. The portions are so generous i had difficulty in ordering a desert, but in the end opted for rhubarb custard with shortbread, turned out to be a wonderful choice as it was delightfully light and not to sweet, and arrived at the table with a flame on top which crisped up the sugar topping a treat. A great bit of theater which i wasn't expecting at all! All the wines we tasted were delicious, specially the house wines, and so to were the cocktails we had before dinner in the bar. It feels like a lot of attention has gone into making this venue one of the best in the area, from the choice of wines right down to the cutlery and glasses. The only negative points i could pick out from the night was that some of the service was not as high a standard as everything else was, but as it only been open a few weeks i could easily forgive them this. And from what i could see, the management was aware of the flaws as i could see the Maître d' advising the waiter through out the evening when he wasn't happy with the service. All in all a great place to eat and great value for money as i would unusually expect this level of food at some of the more expensive places in town. Will definitely be eating at The Strand again.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Floss 04 July 2014

I've been lucky enough to test run this restuarant twice during it's Soft opening period. Once for Breakfast, and once for lunch. The lighting within the restaurant is very dull, and makes it feel more like a night club than a restaurant. The staff are all clad in tweed, and the setting seems fairly old fashioned. Breakfast was a shambles – despite having a table booked for 6 people, two extra places had to be set whilst we were sitting at the table. Drinks were forgotten, 4 slices of toast were brought to the table despite being 6 people. It took 15 minutes for some brown sauce to be found for one of the guests and service overall was slow. The scrambled egg for 2 guests was cold. The Egg's Benedict on the other hand was excellent. The bill had to be requested twice before it arrived. Lunch 3 day's later was much improved. An top notch Chicken Liver Parfait to start, and an equally top notch rack of lamb with slow roasted shoulder of lamb. Drinks were brought promptly, and the starters were almost too quick to arrive. The main courses weren't delivered all together…several minutes between the first 3 and the 4th. Overall, not bad, needs a lot of improvement if it is to cope with 180 covers at any time!

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