“A dependable City stalwart”; by the Royal Exchange, this former banking hall certainly has “a handy location for a business lunch”, and its fans praise its “surprisingly good” food too (especially at breakfast); the main (brasserie) space is “noisy”, though – “while the restaurant is less atmospheric, it’s quieter”.
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The critic goes to a grand and famous place in the heart of the City (where the restaurant proper has a Michelin star) looking for “comfort food, as cheap as we could find it, just a plateful and a glass”. You might think he was looking in a rather odd place? Well, so it turns out: “[o]rdering as modestly as possible in marble halls remains one way of crunch-eating — but maybe it’s a bit pointless when you can eat just as well, more casually, in many a good gastropub?”.