This is a real gem, it's pretty well hidden on the backstreets just behind Marble Arch in a lovely 5 star hotel. I thought that it's location/setting would mean that it was one of those restaurants catering to London people with stacks of cash and the stiff attitude to go with it - but not at all!
I guess like for most people, what I look for with a restaurant is somewhere that has a good feel, the food is delicious and staff are not only good at what they do but are also friendly - this hits every nail on the head.
The food is excellent value for money and the dishes are superbly presented. One of the most amazing starters I've ever tasted was the crisp Dorset oyster with a chicken caillette - the oyster was encased in the most crunchiest breadcrumb shell and as for the chicken caillette...well, I was taken right back to the streets of Vietnam with the freshness and combination of those herbs.
They have also done something really interesting with their 'cocktail dessert'.......the one we had was a punchy glass of tequila with some really tangy sharp sorbet and a hibiscus flower, you stir it all up and then drink it with the straw. I've never seen my mum drink a spirit before.....let alone slurp every last drop of tequila out of the glass.
The staff are fantastic aswell, from the friendly welcome and ongoing attentiveness of the restaurant manager, to the sommelier who helped us choose the perfect wine and rounding off with the head waiter who gave us a little bit of history about the cheeses we had selected.
With menus as cheap as £18 for two courses you can't go wrong, in fact you'll be trying to figure out where the catch is, except there isn't one! To top it off if you're lucky, the smiley restaurant manager may even give you a small bag of chocolates as you leave :-)