We visited 47 King Street West for a Birthday meal on Saturday night after hearing some good things about their new dinner menu and we arrived with great expectations. It is a nice looking place and we were warmly greeted and ready for the meal to come. We were shown to our table but unfortunately that's when things began to go down hill. I initially ordered the Pan fried scallops (£10.75) while the other half went for the Double baked goats cheese souffle (£6.25), A few minutes after ordering I was then told they had ran out of the scallop and so I instead also ended up with the souffle. We were then left waiting for around half an hour as we were repeatedly told they had a large party in which were clearly taking all the kitchens time and effort (as well as sapping the atmosphere due to one particular loud mouthed buffoon). The staff were obviously aware as they did bring a small smoked duck canape but a couple of glasses of wine later we were definitely ready for something to eat and so when the starters arrived we dived right in, only to be met with a grossly over cooked eggy sponge pudding that somehow had stone cold spots in the centre. The staff were again very apologetic and whisked it away but obviously by the time the new dish arrived, the wife had long finished her starter. The second souffle was equally overcooked but at least minus the cold spots.
We then had another long wait for our main course and had nearly finished the bottle of wine (Willowglen de bortoli shiraz cabernet £19.95) by the time they arrived, again the staff were very apologetic and brought a complimentary glass of wine but obviously wine was the last thing we wanted although we appreciated the gesture. I had ordered the Lamb Rump (£19.75) and the wife the Pan fried Halibut (£20.75), The portions were very small which you forgive when the quality is top notch but my lamb wasn't great and was either a very bad cut of rump or undercooked as it was very tough like a rubber band. It came with a small black olive potato cake which was actually very tasty and a vegetable "gateau". The wife’s fish was o.k. but again just not the quality it should have been. If you do visit and you are hungry then I would definitely consider a side dish. We had already been in the restaurant for two hours and were so disappointed that we skipped dessert and left hungry.
The total bill wasn't really reflective of what it should have been at only around £60 as they did not charge me for one of the souffles and we obviously didn't have the desserts, drinks, coffees etc we would have done normally but it was £60 paid for a very disappointing meal that spoiled an otherwise great birthday night. We were assured by the staff that this wasn't normal for the restaurant and that the large party (who had also arrived very late apparently) had upset everything but I only accept that to a point because a good restaurant and kitchen should be able to cater equally for groups and couples and consistently produce quality food.
My final thought is that perhaps ours was a one off experience and we were just unlucky, teething problems etc and I would possibly return if I knew things would be better but to be honest if you are a food lover then you know that there are so many excellent restaurants in the city in the same price bracket that it would be hard to justify risking paying them again.
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