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“awful - one to avoid”
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Fitzroy Dolls
Price range: $26 - $36
Cuisines: European
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Neighborhood: Bloomsbury
Description: he delightfully-named Fitzroy Dolls is the belle of the dining ball at Hotel Russell, a magnificent terracotta Grade 2 listed building close to Covent Garden. A predominance of marble and natural light lend a fresh, airy feel to this traditional dining experience. Grand pillars lead the eye to the room's focal point; a grand Victorian marble fireplace. A generous menu features an eclectic selection of dishes. You might start with carpaccio of beef showered in pecorino shavings, then move on to a main course of seared yellow fin tuna with pickled vegetable shavings and tender squid noodles. To finish, may we recommend a baked chocolate brownie with marmalade ice cream. Smartly-dressed staff provide a consistently friendly, chatty service. There is a wide selection of cocktails.
london
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“awful - one to avoid”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Ate her earlier in the summer and the meal was a total disaster - fatty pork belly in particular entirely inedible. Service erratic. So many better places to go this should be steered clear of - the room is perfectly nice but at these prices why would you bother?

  • Visited July 2012
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8 reviews from our community

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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Cheshire
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Staffing varies”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Tasty food ,but there was a clear disagreement between staff which affected the atmosphere. Mind you it was empty it did at least give us something to talk about.

Visited September 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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191 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Good breakfast”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

Had breakfast here 4 mornings in a row. Service was excellent. Food was good. The usual English breakfast items, as well as mackerel, and cold cuts. If staying at the hotel, and breakfast is included, it is worth visiting.

Try and get there early, as it can get busy from 8.00 am. Also they run out of newspapers.

Visited June 2012
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Thank roadwarriorafrica
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Byfleet
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Titanic disaster”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

I booked a "Titanic" commemorative dinner for myself and my companion to celebrate my birthday. ( the restaurant was designed by the man who designed the first class dining room on Titanic.) We should have been warned at the outset. I ordered a glass of white wine and a glass of tonic water, The barman was flustered as he could not find the white wine on the top of the bar, so the manager( more of her later) had to point him to the chiller. He then asked if I wanted the wine and tonic in the same glass. When I said no he tried to serve me a Gin and Tonic. He then realised that he did not know how to operate the till and when he eventually provided my bill, he had overcharged me.

We then moved to the restaurant for our meal. Great decor! , Lived up to billing. Our reservation was fora fixed time at 8.30, but we had to wait 15 minutes for a first course, a single fresh oyster, The next two courses were also very slow in arriving,So we called the manager to our table. Her initial comment was that the kitchen was struggling to cope, which was difficult to believe as we were the only two taking the Titanic menu and there were perhaps 15-20 people having dinner from the a la carte menu.

Our next two courses arrived quickly, but were of tiny portions. The dessert appeared to be tinned peaches and a scoop of very hard ice cream. ( Was this a chip from the iceberg?)
Finally we expected coffee and petit fours, which turned out to be mints from a branded packet.
When we pointed out the incorrect description, the manager found some lemon drizzle cake, again not our idea of petit fours.

At the end of the meal the manager came over , this time to apologise and take more feedback.
She provided complimentary champagne, and when my companion mentioned my birthday, she arranged for a well presented piece of chocolate cake, This was of far better quality than any other dish.

She then advised that she had only been in the position for a week, managing the bar, restaurant and room service. This experience indicates that the owners of the hotel are not providing adequate staff or paying attention to detail.

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Thank MelMeth
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Paris, France
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“great... but...”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

One of the most beautiful dining rooms to be found, with solemn-faced cherubs gazing down on you from the tops of their columns as you dine. The dishes are tasty, no-nonsense food (not the type that looks like odd-coloured mush, equally distributed between small cups on a square plate...), cooked to your order (the steaks are exceptional). Great deserts too. My only objection - the removal of the tablecloths which gives an odd, unfinished look to the place, more akin to a cafeteria than to the dining room of one of London's grandest hotels. And what about the bread?

Visited February 2012
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1 Thank Marc R
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