We went on a Monday. They are open to 6 and last seating is at 5. We called at 4:30 and they said come on down. We were in and out in 45 minuted with 5 courses. It was glorious (Queen Elizabeth does not let state dinners take more than an hour and neither should you). We had an appetizer of Iberico Ham and melon to start. Served on a dome and split in two table side by our waiter using the french spoon + fork = tongs trick. It was wonderful. Thicker than the servings I have had in the past to add mouth feel to the great nutty-ham flavor. They melons were in large lardons and ripe and wonderful with a little frizzy salad.
Next octopus in a great sauce on a bet of roasted potato slices. Again, split in two. The waiter insisted we have the mussels. They were the black Mediterranean kind, not overcooked and the sauce was a bouquet of tarragon. The a ceaser salad. It was a ceaser salad, better than most, but we live in San Diego and go to Ceasers all the time. Largely lateral and while tasty, taking up tummy real estate that could be put to better use.
Then we had the Wellington and chicken Kiev (both culinary parlor tricks from the 50's but its an old school restaurant). The wellington was the best I have ever had. We sent thf Kiev back, it was dry.
For dessert they had an excellent but short digestief list and they suggested the mousse (I suspect because we were the only left and it is premade). It was a huge bowl of sameness, and while excellent, we at about three spoonfuls of this ocean of pudding and left.
The price with a bottle of wine nad tip is less that steaks here in the USA. What fun.
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