A meal for 2 cost over £400 with a glass of champagne costing £22. We had the seasonal tasting menu £110 plus £70 each for the wine accompaniments. At least 3 courses were composed of foam which Is not a personal favourite. The servings were quite small and although tasty were not overly spectacular. There was a definite over-reliance on foam and the rather passé smear across plate with some jellified blobs which were slightly indifferent in flavour. Extras prove costly and I felt there was a certain pressure from zealous staff to have aperitif, tea or coffee, cocktail, wine, water, digestif and cheese plate. It was difficult to carry on a conversation with my colleague at times as we were constantly interrupted by waiters explaining next course or asking if we wanted something extra. I know it is all about business and making money but I didn't expect it to be so overwhelmingly transparent to the point that it began to detract from the experience and irritate me. I would not say the food was bad, but it was not as nice an overall experience as I've had elsewhere. Some of the food was obviously prepared in advance and constructed to order and therefore slightly less freshly prepared than you would expect. I've certainly eaten better elsewhere and for me they sacrificed food quality for the customary drama and synchronised service we are now used to. It's supposed to be a bit of a performance but for me this is all getting a bit silly and I'd rather have a damn good plate of food than all the theatre-because believe me you pay for that too!! I like good food, cooked in an honest way and with the customer's enjoyment being the first priority. I don't mind paying for extras but this was a money making machine at work, lacked value for money and left you feeling slightly gullible after the fact. No, I won't return here because food elsewhere is much better and I hate leaving a restaurant feeling that that they were only interested in divesting me of the contents of my wallet!!!
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