Went for lunch with 2 chums. The restaurant is inside the RICS building with a street entrance of it's own, on the corner of Parliament Sq & Great George St.
We were immediately made welcome and felt it was a friendly place. The building is laid out as a grand residence and the restaurant consists of several rooms in it, with well spaced tables.
We chose dishes from the good value set lunch menu, and wine by the glass from the list.
Everything I ate was top class, particularly my fish which was cooked just as I like it it, done but not transparent....and it was good to eat too. The wine by the glass was modest but quality stuff and was very well chosen so we were able to enjoy without having a money man in the group.
Will be going again.
We arrived early for our dinner last Wednesday so it seemed rude not to wander upstairs to the bar and kill some time with a couple of cocktails. Evidently we were not the only folk to have had this idea as the room was fairly packed with only a couple of tables to spare. It's a nice stylish room with an old school clubby feel to it; leather sofas, comfy chairs, vintage cocktail books and pieces of antique drinking paraphernalia all in all a classic toffs Westminster bar. The cocktail list was more of a novella than War and Peace with plenty of interesting combinations. Service was efficient and friendly and before long I was sipping on a stunning 3 Generations (based on a trio of Johnnie Walker whiskey) while B was luxuriating in the signature Pembury Cup. After our drinks, which came with a tasty little spoonful of Shepard's pie and a prawn mousse, we were in fine fettle and ready to tackle the menu. The restaurant consists of two rooms; the first is slightly larger and a touch more grand than the smaller room which is off to one side (in my mind this second room had a touch of the"breakfast room" about it). It's not quite as ornate as La Gavrouche but there is plenty of space between the tables, starched white linen and cutlery by David Mellor very grown up but not overly fussy. On this visit the other punters were in the main cosy couples with a few groups of four dotted about; a nice atmosphere with lots of happy chatter. It seemed to be a city boy free zone. A decent selection of bread and some water, filtered in a nice bottle at no charge, arrived while I was still going through the wine menu. Unlike many high end London restaurants there was plenty of choice without having to take out a second mortgage. I think there was an entry level bottle at £20 with some pretty decent white and red around £30. We were dining from the tasting menu and throughout the evening we had a very fine selection of dishes; all skilfully executed, beautifully presented and just the right size of portion (plenty to get your teeth into but no so much that you feel bloated by the end of your seven course feast). Stand outs were the ballotine of confit of wild rabbit with a mushroom salad and truffle cream, the very tasty sardines on toast which came with a caponata dressing and the roast gunard with a ragout of violet artichoke, courgette and oyster mushroom. The waiting staff, of which there are many, are friendly and attentive. You will be served your meal at a gentle but fairly constant pace; not too rushed and no long waits between courses on our visit. By the time we had got to coffee and petite fours a very pleasurable evening had slipped through our fingers and it was time to get the last train home.
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