The sum of 26 years working in big-name kitchens, this is the ninth restaurant that chef/owner Jun Tunaka has worked in – with a shiny new Michelin star to boot. Despite a sharing concept that screams ‘on-trend’, tables are regularly full to overflowing and there’s a lot to like in dishes that are “inspired, simple and of the highest quality”. A square of punchy rabbit lasagne is the ultimate in refined comfort eating, dinky spherical oxtail croquettes are impossibly moreish, and roast quail is balanced by sharp pickled cherries, with bursts of foie gras, bacon and pistachio. Check out the ‘raw and cured’ or ‘vegetable’ sections for lighter picks, and don’t pass up the caramelised lemon tart (gleaned from Jun’s time under Marco Pierre White). The two bare-brick rooms, all gleaming tables and shiny floors, are chic and contemporary. Service is “skilled and friendly”, the wine list covers all bases, and at lunchtime you’ll bag three plates for £23.
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I took my daughter and her boyfriend here for a (hopefully) pleasant meal the evening before she was due to be admitted to UCLH.She is seriously unwell (possibly terminally).Her favourite dish from a previous visit was the langoustine ravioli.It was disappointing this was "off" - but we amended our order and enjoyed sharing a good plate of lamb as well as a fairly indifferent grilled sea-bass.The service was perfunctory and a bit sloppy.Nevertheless I paid the bill (just over £90) including the ubiquitous 12.5% service charge (a bit toppy for two mains, one side, one starter, a bottle of water and a Coca Cola). So far it had been not too bad a dining experience - albeit nothing special.BUT then things turned nasty.On leaving Piotr Maruszczak, a commis waiter, followed us out into Charlotte Street and demanded we never return to this restaurant. He failed to explain anything clearly. It was hard to understand what the problem was with this Polish fellow. I think he suggested diners at another table had suggested to someone we were not sufficiently smartly dressed.Whatever, after a heated argument we finally managed to secure a full refund of the bill, including that "service" charge.I guess that makes the meal "good" value after all - but it was distressing for my daughter, and we all left with a bad taste in our mouths.It was an experience none of us would ever wish to repeat.fwiw - we had not booked - and had picked this restaurant as it was the only one with empty outdoor tables on a warm May evening in a street crowded with bustling restaurants and full tables.Now I understand why it was the only one with the empty tables ...
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