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The Greenhouse
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Ranked #425 of 24,429 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $54 - $167
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Mayfair
Description: Escape to an elegant, peaceful setting at the heart of Mayfair, where The Greenhouse serves a Michelin star accredited combination of modern French and European cuisine, accompanied by an extensive wine list of over 3,400 labels. Internationally renowned, The Greenhouse is one of only four restaurants in the world to win the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 2005, the highest award given for an exceptional wine list. Crafted by Head Chef Arnaud Bignon, the seasonal menus change regularly to showcase the finest and freshest ingredients of the season, highlighting a well-balanced approach to flavour and presentation. Diners can also sample the highest quality artisan cheeses, sourced from small farm producers, primarily located in France. For further luxury, The Greenhouse offers a private dining area for up to 10 guests, featuring a view of the restaurant and curtains to draw for a more intimate experience.
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Wonderful tasting menu experience with brilliantly paired wines. Delightful setting, from the entrance to the subdued lighting which is atmospheric and cosy but not gloomy and more than adequate to eat by. An intimate dining room was a perfect setting for a delightful birthday meal.Everything perfectly judged in my humble opinion. The staff were a delight, with just the right balance of unobtrusive efficiency and fun interaction, including an impromptu sotto voce rendition of happy birthday which amused my wife but could not have offended other diners.Providing a tasting menu for my vegetarian wife was no problem. A menu signed by the chef wishing her happy birthday, as well as "happy birthday" written on her desert plate were lovely unexpected touches.Not cheap, but 2 Michelin stars never is and this was Mayfair/London. The take-out pastry even did for breakfast the next morning. Not a bad course among them, or even one that was not really to our admittedly catholic taste and remaining within the confines of vegetarianism in my wife's case.This was our fourth or fifth 2 star restaurant and is definitely one of the best meals we've ever eaten. Highly recommended and worth every penny. A delightful experience.[Via app.]

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

A really fabulous lunch, in a discreet restaurant with understated service, and beautifully presented, imaginative food. A great gem in Mayfair.

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Thank William28London
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Took my wife there as a Christmas present and to celebrate selling our London house. It was a quiet Monday night early in the New Year, with the restaurant no more than half-full. Even so, the service was exceptionally slick and attentive. The price we paid for the meal was horrendous, but that's largely our fault for having a '96 Bollinger and a '76 Auslese. But (a) it was a special occasion and (b) I thought the menu justified the extravagance. On the latter point, I was absolutely right! Wow!

Since another recent reviewer mentioned disappointment with the crab dish which opens the tasting menu, let me say that I thought it was the star of the show. It is not "drowned in a creamy sauce", because it isn't served with a creamy sauce at all. It comes under a mint jelly, with a cauliflower and apple foam atop. I had no difficulty distinguishing all of the flavours. And it was the most impressive start to a meal that my wife and I have experienced since the Fat Duck or el Celler de Can Roca. Not everything thereafter lived up to quite the same high standard, but we left feeling we had experienced an extraordinary gastronomic treat - right up there in upper 3-star Michelin territory. And, when we said we'd like to round the meal off with a Bailey's coffee, the bar simply produced a perfect example - at le Manoir, you have to cajole them into producing anything so vulgar and explain how it's made.

All in all, it was what I'd hoped it would be - a night to remember.

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1  Thank Dickonbear
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We had the taster menu with accompanying wines. The food was well cooked but unfortunely the taste didn't live up to expectations. The crab dish didn't taste of crab - instead was drowned in a creamy sauce. A berry jelly/sauce accompanied one of the dishes which was horrible and bitter. Think they were trying to be too clever with the meals when I just wanted flavours and food cooked well. Besides this, the ambience and service were great

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3  Thank MrsL-Z
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Spent an overnight flight connection in London at the May Fair hotel, and since this is just around the corner decided to give it a try.
Reserved a table for one mid-week without any problems. Restaurant was about 75% full that evening. Found the restaurant after a bit of wandering around. A very nice "garden path" leads to the restaurant, a very promising start.
Started nicely with a glass of Krug, and decided to go with the Discovery tasting menu with wine pairings. I enjoyed most of the dishes, they were well prepared, but simply lacked the flash and finesse one would expect from a 2* restaurant. Most dishes were simply selected off the normal menu (scallops, sea bass and so on), and the sea bass was badly undercooked (when fish is still translucent it hasn't reached the correct internal temperature. Being _sea_ bass it is mostly safe to eat, but not a very nice way to prepare this fish). Some of the wine pairings were very odd and overpriced. over 30GBP for a glass of red that didn't particularly well fit the dish seems like overkill.
All in all, a nice dinner, but nowhere nearly worth the 312GBP it cost for one with the aperitif, menu and wine pairings.

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3  Thank Mikko T
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