Have eaten at Claridges which was excellent, and at Gordon Ramsay's at The London, NYC which was also fantastic, but Royal Hospital Rd is a notch above even these - it is phenomenal. I've tried more than once to get a reservation and failed, I called one day 'on spec' to ask if they had any cancellations which they had thanks to some snowy weather! Lucky us.....
It is quite a bit smaller than I had expected and decorated like most of Ramsay's places in a very neutral/inoffensive style, in fairness, I wasn't there to admire the design! We were greeted warmly and offered a drink as soon as we sat down, then the breads & water offerings.
I've tried the Prestige Menu before in both Claridges and NYC and never felt let down, so I went for the same, the food is simply amazing, worth every cent. Was with a relatively fussy 14-year-old and she too enjoyed everything she had, albeit she just ordered from a la carte. I also went for the wine pairing, and one of the wines was delivered just prior to my salad dish and I didn't like it - the sommelier requested that I try it with the food, and if I still didn't like it he would replace it - that would be why he has the golden grapes, he was spot-on, the wine was excellent when coupled with the food.
The team that served us (you don't get just one waiter!) were excellent and made us feel welcomed and engaged in some friendly back-and-forth banter about the food, the drinks and the dreadful weather, not once was there a 'stuffy' ambiance and the service was on par with the food.
Now this is why they have 3-Michelin Stars, at the end of the meal, I mentioned to my waiter that we'd had an apple tarte-tatin when at Gordon Ramsay's New York and that it was the most amazing dessert I'd ever had, he told me if I wanted it, he'd go ask chef and they'd make it for us - sure enough, it was indeed made and delivered, was spectacular. To be clear, this item did not appear on the menu, they must have had apples for something else and they made me one up there and then, most impressive.
Have to say, it wasn't the cheapest night out I've ever had, but for sure is the most sumptuous food, served in delightful surroundings by particularly well trained staff, if you manage to get a reservation, don't miss this restaurant, best eating experience of my life.
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