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23 October 2014
A lovely peaceful room, a good set lunch menu with excellent food/cooking, drinks service was rather slow but this may just be down to teething trouble. We would definitely go again.
03 July 2013
I had lunch at the Ten Room in the Cafe Royal yesterday , and it was sensational . I had some trepidation after reading some of the terrible reviews by the the critics AA Gill etc . There is no doubt the restaurant itself is not the best setting to highlight the food and you have to try and overcome that . Why oh why did they not have the restaurant in the Grill room , now that would have highlighted the food .
Forget the poison pens and egos of some of our biggest celebrity critics , this is very good food and a great value lunch .
22 June 2013
The new Café Royal complex on Regent Street opened belatedly and with much fanfare. And once you step into the complex on the corner of Regent Street and Air Street, you understand why. It feels like few expenses have been spared in reviving this once-great “place to be and be seen”. 19th and 21st century design merge tastefully and divide into different dining and drinking offerings and the hotel on the floors above. Square Meal correctly lists each of the dining offerings apart – it can be slightly confusing when you're there too: there is the café with cakes and light meals next to main entrance on Regent Street, then there is the Bar tucked away at the far corner , i.e. off Air Street and offering an Absinth-based cocktail menu, the Grill Room a 19th century to roaring 20s party room where small plates are supposed to add some nutrition to large quantities of Champagne, the restaurant reviewed here, the Ten Room Lounge which until the arrival of the fine dining “The Domino Room” is the complex's main restaurant. As you see it is easy to get lost… in the sprawling building that is, because already with a quick glance at the refreshingly compact and well thought-out menu in the brasserie-style Ten Room you can tell that this might work. Classic brasserie dishes are executed – and I don't use the word lightly – faultlessly and inspired by modern techniques while being true to the grand café tradition. And oh it does work… the food is light well presented, tasty and appealing. The overall atmosphere could be a bit better, simply because during our visit things were still a bit new but mainly because of a strange and cold choice of lighting in the Ten Room Lounge itself. However service compares with the finest in London and the place has stuck in my mind as a perfect option for light business lunch in plush but discreet surroundings. Any place that can make an event of a grilled vegetable and artichoke salad is a welcome addition to the London dining scene in my book! Keep it up and we will be roaring to the Domino Room when it opens later this year!
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