I have a hair-brained theory that you can tell much of the quality of a restaurant by their toilet paper. Does the establishment's strive for customer satisfaction go all the way to the loo, so to speak. Before I got my meal, I visited the gent's room and was immediately assured. Beautiful toliets, clean, scented, best quality toilet paper I've used in all of London. High-quality soap and hand lotions were also available.
Now on to the meal. As we were in a bit of a rush, we only went for a main course.
My brother and I picked a 500g T-bone cut from the chalkboard, where you can find recommended cuts not in the menu. My mother had the 200g fillet from the ordinary menu.
Both were absolutely flawless.
The 200g fillet was easily in the top three meat dishes my mother has ever had in her 61 years of fine eating (she is a very accomplished cook).
The T-bones were amazing as well.
Althought hardly thought possible, the meat had tough competitions from the simply divine side orders. I can whole-heartedly recommend the truffle chips, soaked in genuine truffle oil. The 'Beef-dripping chips' was only in comparison a slight let-down, you get a special powdery beef fat salt to sprinkle them with.
We also tried the classic Garlic Mushrooms (awesome), and the rocket salad with parmesan (again a very high quality cheese was used). Even the complimentary bread served before anything else had a tears of joy-inducing focaccia dipped in olive oil that made my gluten intolerant mother eat her whole piece - even at the risk of severe stomach ache.
Service was also impeccable, speedy, knowledgeable and genuinely nice servers - we stuck a fiver to our waitress even though the service charge was added to our bill. Speaking of which, concidering what we got, the prices were also extremely reasonable. Not a smidgeon of overpricing here.
My only regret is that we had tickets to see the Book of Mormon, so we didn't have time to sample the starters or dessert.
We'll be back here for sure next time we're in London!
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