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“good but not the best”
Review of Roux at The Landau

Roux at The Landau
Ranked #102 of 23,993 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $49 - $140
Cuisines: French, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Marylebone
Transit: Underground: Oxford Circus
Description: Father and son Albert and Michel Roux Jr are working together for the first time in over 20 years. This partnership brings Roux's legendary culinary expertise and creativity Roux at The Landau, their second West End address. Roux at The Landau entices with classically constructed dishes offering French cuisine with a British twist. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant's private dining room Postillion can accommodate up to 18 people. Roux at The Landau is currently closed, due to reopen mid February 2018.
Reviewed October 29, 2012

my wife took me for by birthday treat as have been a long admiror of "the rouxs"

the place was rammed, must have done about 3 sittings I reckon. they were doing a toptable deal which had everyone in.

the good - we had the tasting menu which was really nice. the wine list (or should I say book) is huge and there are some reasonably priced wines on there

the bad - because it was so busy the service was not great. especially for a 5 star hotel restaurant. there is only 1 somelier for the whole restaurant so if you are not ready when he comes to take your drink order then you have to wait another 20 mins to order drinks!

after being seated at 8.45 by 9.15 we still hadnt been served a drink. that is pretty poor by anyones standards.

overall it was good. Probably wouldnt go back though, there are better restaurants out there

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Thank Ali A
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Finding ourselves obliged to travel up to London for a noon appointment which would last less than twenty minutes, our first thought was to make the most of the visit by having a decent lunch. We checked the web for somewhere within walking distance of our appointment venue, and hit on Roux at the Landau, at the Langford Hotel. Spot on – a 1pm booking was made, and anticipation began.

Yesterday was the day, and we arrived to find everything just as we might have hoped. We were shown to a superb curved banquette table facing the windows, with a wonderful view of All Souls Church and the endemic traffic jams of London tourist sightseeing buses in the drizzle; we were brought some water (without any attempt to push bottled designer water at us), some complimentary canapés, and the menus. Since this was lunchtime, we discarded the tasting menu; gave consideration to the menu du jour at £35 for three courses, and studied the à la carte. I decided I wanted the salmon from the menu du jour without having the full three courses which it entailed, and this did not faze them. My husband ordered the venison. We were brought a selection of delicious brown and white breads, and butter with the fashionable sprinkling of coarse-ground salt beside it on its platter, and the sommelier took our order for a cracking half-bottle of Pouilly-Fuissé.

Service was perfectly timed; there was no rush, but equally one didn't become impatient with waiting. Both wine and water were topped up when necessary, but thankfully not after every mouthful. The staff (and there must have been half-a-dozen who dealt with our table over the course of the meal) were uniformly professional, pleasant and friendly without being in any way intrusive. In fact I would score the service at around 12 out of 10!

The food was, quite, simply, delicious. Words can't do justice. The only thing lacking for a Michelin star might, I guess, be a bit more inventiveness; but then, we didn't study the tasting menu, which is where one would expect chef's top talents to be displayed. And one doesn't always want inventiveness; one wants top-notch ingredients, perfectly cooked, resulting in a combination of flavours which blends and explodes in the mouth in such a way that you cannot imagine how it could be improved.

Although we had only intended to eat a main course, we were both tempted by dessert. My chocolate mille-feuille justifiably has its photo on the restaurant's web site, and is just as beautiful in reality; a blend of textures and flavours which kept me enthralled and silent until it was gone. A hair-thin but rigid length of spun sugar is the sort of detail which is tricky to make, awkward to keep in good condition until it is time to garnish the plate, and probably not even consciously noticed by many a diner; but this sort of thing really does show that the pastry-chef cares! My husband's ice-creams - the best vanilla he has ever had (with even more vanilla seeds than the one I make) and a rum-and-raisin clearly made with an excellent rum - were exactly to his taste. The sommelier had offered us a dessert wine, but did not push when we turned down the idea, on the grounds that it was only lunchtime.

Although we didn't have coffee, we were nevertheless brought complimentary petits-fours along with the bill. A service charge of 12.5% is added (as is made clear on the menus) but there are no other supplements; no cover charge, no unexpected charge for the bread, the way some lesser restaurants try to boost their takings.

We were slightly startled at the total on the bill, however, but not enough to demur over payment, or to shake our resolve of returning the very next time we are in London. When we got home, we discovered that the bill did in fact include three glasses of champagne which were nothing to do with us. Now, mistakes can happen anywhere; what matters is not that a mistake has been made, it is how it is dealt with. A phone call to the restaurant resulted in the error being admitted, apologised for and refunded to our credit card, promptly and courteously. You can't ask for more than that.

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Thank Molly R
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Fantastic meal, food, wine and staff.
The Sommelier was wonderful to to.
Thank you, we will be back!

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Thank hbrWoking
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Gorgeous place from ambiance to food. We had booked at last minute to celebrate my daughter's birthday. We had three course special meal with a glass of chilled bubbly. We all had fab food,good bottle of wine, would return soon.

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Thank Geeta P
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Visited on a Saturday night to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and from the moment we arrived it was a fantastic experience.
We had a table on the arc of the room; the staff were well informed, polite, attentive and very smart
The food was exceptional, and the portion sizes exactly right.

Our table was perhaps a little too close to the adjacent one, and there was a definite blast of cold air either from a draught through the window, or a hidden air conditioning unit.

Quite pricey in the end, over 160.00 pounds for two, which included a bottle of mineral water, one G&T and one glass of red wine.

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Thank Alistair R
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