Long-time right hand woman of Michel Roux Jr and MasterChef: The Professionals judge, Monica Galetti, has opened her first solo restaurant alongside her sommelier husband David .
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Long-time right hand woman of Michel Roux Jr and ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ judge, Monica Galetti, has revealed plans for her first solo venture. Incorporating a small ground-floor bar and basement restaurant, it’s set to open in January 2017.
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"Birthday lunch, hugely disappointing. First the availability of wines and fizz by the glass very limited. Every table taken but surroundings very bland and dour. Chose 3 courses from al la carte menu but all so disappointing. Small portions, lukewarm at best. Amuse bouche, a beef pattie look alike was inedible. Celery salad was brought as an alternative, they should have not bothered. Peas with lemon ricotta was ok but not memorable, scallop was just ok but chewy. Lamb main was rubbery and tasteless, lobster was served with something deep fried that ruined the taste of everything else on the plate. Desserts were ok, rhubarb was nice but the overwhelming saltiness of lobster dish ruined the chocolate and peanut dessert. Teas served afterwards tasted stewed even though no leaves nor tea bags were left in pots. Even choccies served were tasteless. All in all a hugely disappointing experience. We had high hopes for this venture but having eaten at numerous Michelin starred and fine dining restaurants all over the world, I cannot in all honesty recommend this and will not be returning, if you are planning to spend over £100 a head in London, there are many better alternatives."
"Not great. Not recommended. The food at this restaurant was a serious disappointment â€“ it says a great deal that the Pâ€™tit Basque cheese was the best thing on the tasting menu! My wife and I visited for dinner with high expectations knowing Monica Galettiâ€™s reputation. The setting is fine if a little average. We both chose the tasting menu and I had the wine pairings to match. The first course of peas with lemon ricotta was minimal and rather lifeless â€“ more a simple and somewhat unmemorable amuse bouche than a first course (no amuse bouche was offered). Sea Bream with a red pepper sauce and a few shavings of courgette followed â€“ again, very tiny, and the sauce had no great character; however, my wife liked this course. The third offering was a serious mistake â€“ Pork â€˜Boil Upâ€™ â€“ some ham hock wrapped in green dough, floating in a particularly poor version of a consommÃ© soup which was awfully close to being boiled water â€“ if this was Samoan in inspiration, it explains why Samoan cuisine has not swept the globe! Grim â€“ both of us thought it very poor. A small fairly rare piece of lamb rump followed â€“ again, nothing special and the whole thing had too greasy/fatty flavour â€“ really not great. Cheese in the form of a shaving of Pâ€™tit Basque with verjus jelly was next and this was by far the best course of the meal, though exceptionally minimal in size. The dessert of yoghurt mousse with Elderflower sorbet was a real horror; it reminded me of things my children once had at some stall at Chessington World of Adventures, though my wife was a little more forgiving. The matching wines were perfectly good though none was fantastic. We didnâ€™t stay for coffee. Everything was prepared very well but nothing was really great and some things were poor. The staff were efficient and courteous throughout. Unfortunately, at over £200 with service, there are many other places one can choose. I would rather pay more and go to somewhere with even one memorably good course, or could pay the same or less and get a much better meal. If Mrs. Galetti reads this and thinks â€œWho are these people to judge my great cooking abilitiesâ€ â€“ we are the paying public who eat out a lot! We are the ultimate judges of whether a restaurant succeeds. Yes, the skills are all there but the menu and the resulting food are just not up to the competition in London. We will not be going back and I cannot recommend this restaurant â€“ sorry."
"First visit. Had the tasting menu and wine pairing. Both excellent. We were greeted by David Galetti and Monica came out at the end of service to talk to diners, which was a very nice touch. We will certainly return. The set lunch looked good value @ £35."
"Fantastic food and excellent wines that perfectly matched the food. Everything was precise with great textures and flavours. The wine pairings were unusual demonstrating the skills of the sommelier. The staff were great too!"
"Went on Tuesday 7th, very average. Very small portions of both food and wine on the tasting menu, food generally Luke warm. Service a bit chaotic - could explain food temperature - explanation of wine after delivery of food only helps chill it further, could be first week nerves but:- YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE TO CREATE A FIRST IMPRESSION. Venue looks good but obviously rushed at end - note paint on toilet tiles."