Was rather disappointed overall with my first visit here today (23/1/14). We were seated over by the windows at the far side in a raised section through some pillars, away from the main body of the restaurant. This section contained six tables, all set along the wall with the window just at forehead height and passengers on the top deck of busses outside peering in at you. The tables in this section were all rather too close for comfort, so we weren't really a part of it all and felt somewhat cramped and awkward in there. Frankly we could have been anywhere, this section was so characterless and you couldn't even see into the main area. Waiters standing with their backs to you, watching the main area instead of us and we felt very secondary in this section. Read my other reviews, I have dined in some of the finest restaurants in the world and this is not what I'm used to in any restaurant, let alone a three Michelin star one!
Being stuck over there, we missed out on the atmosphere and overall ambiance of the beautiful main restaurant with the fabulous shimmering lights curtain etc and I have to be honest, I was truly very upset indeed because I'd been so looking forward to going and I feel that we were denied the full experience. Such a shame.
I would definitely visit again because I don't feel that we have actually experienced the restaurant properly, but next time I will request to be seated in the main body of the restaurant and not over by the windows. This is a tip I hope you remember when you, reading this review, book to go yourself. If not, like us, you will feel out of it and not really involved if you get placed in that section.
Our waiter however couldn't have been more attentive, bread was constantly offered and the charming Sommelier was animated and thoroughly enthusiastic talking about the wines he would recommend with each course. We took his advice, it's always wise to and then you get to try some wines you wouldn't have even thought of! I do love Sommeliers!
Regarding the food, perhaps I chose badly or perhaps I was just so upset at being excluded from the main body of the restaurant, but I found the Turbot and the Veal dishes quite bland, lacking imagination and nothing special. My husband wasn't overly enamoured with his chicken either saying that it was a bit plain and un exciting. The Foie Gras with the chestnuts however was spectacular, as was the Rum Baba. It's worth returning just to have that Rum Baba again! They present you with a silver tray carrying 5 Rums to choose from. When you have selected, they pour a very generous shot (looked like a double!) into a jug for you to pour on as much or as little as you like onto your lavishly presented baba! Fabulous!!
Upon leaving, our lovely waiter presented me with two little bags of sweets/chocolates to take home with us which was a nice touch.
Overall I'd pay a return visit, but I'd be very specific about where they were putting me. If I arrived and they ushered me to that raised section away from the main body of the restaurant again, I'm sorry, I'd turn on my heel and leave. You're just not a part of it all over there and unless you enjoy looking at people on the top deck of a Bus, it's not worth it.
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