Harden's survey result
You feel “far from the madding crowd, but in the heart of Mayfair” at this “stylish” haunt “tucked away near Park Lane”, where “a pretty entrance through a city garden leads to a calm and well-styled modern interior”. It’s a “spacious” and luxurious room which is “great for business, but which would also impress a date” (although it can also seem “a bit stiff” for some tastes). Having won gastronomic acclaim (not least two Michelin stars) in recent times with some “exemplary” modern cuisine, Arnaud Bignon moved on in mid-2018, perhaps explaining why ratings in this year’s survey were lower across the board. New exec chef Alex Dilling (ex-Hélène Darroze) has promised to shake up the menu, with a focus on British and fresh produce. One constant, however: “one of London’s best wine selections, especially if you are able to use your business credit card”.
Marlon Abela’s “serene oasis tucked away in the midst of bustling Mayfair is a delight”, and was one of London’s highest-rated all-rounders this year. Arnaud Bignon’s “terrific cuisine” has “the hallmarks of impressive refinement and precision”, but even so risks being eclipsed by arguably “the biggest and most-in-depth wine list in the country”. Service is “exceptional”, in particular the “charming and knowledgeable sommelier”, and “a well-spaced interior that ought be be very corporate is actually lovely and memorable”. “The only downer is the eye-popping prices” but on practically all accounts they are worth it.
“Absolute professionalism” characterises Marlon Abela’s calm “oasis”, “hidden” down a mews in a quiet part of Mayfair, particularly when it comes to chef Arnaud Bignon’s “complex” cuisine, or the cellaring of its “amazing wine list” (“arrive an hour early to read it”). Prices are scary however, and although the setting can seem “romantic”, it can also appear “stuffy” or “lacking atmosphere”.
Arnaud Bignon’s cuisine is “top notch”, but it’s the “hugely impressive wine list” (“What breadth! What depth!”) that draws connoisseurs to Marlon Abela’s “spacious”, “lovely” and luxurious haunt, “tucked away” in a Mayfair mews; the food can seem “a bit frothy and fancy” though… and “fiendishly expensive”.
The Greenhouse Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A new chef, but still excellent food and wine. Fantastic wine pairings with some superb new dishes."
"The entrance to the Greenhouse is beautiful. When we were seated at our table (window seat) the waiters provided us canapes right away as well as drinks. The canapes that we had were a marshmallow (salted popcorn flavour) on a bed of popcorn which was interesting, then some creamy chicken in a miniature cone and then a cucumber bite which was very refreshing. After this they provided us with our set menus and gave us time to decide on what we wanted. Once ordered they provided us with fresh bread and a dish of unsalted butter & seaweed butter. The bread was warm and fresh, the best one was a little brown one which tasted like a croissant/sausage roll pastry! They were happy to provide as much bread as you wanted which was very nice. We also had an amuse bouche which contained a cucumber jelly and crab at the bottom- very light and refreshing! I ordered the smoked duck which had yuzu, the flavours are complemented very well and something which I would not have thought of. For the main I ordered the cod which was cooked to perfection, the sauce was creamy and light and the potatoes perfectly cooked. Thankfully there are some affordable wines on the list. Service is formal, but relaxed and all the staff were enthusiastic and happy to chat if engaged."
"Still going strong"
27a Hays Mews, London, W1J 5NY
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|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||6:30 pm-10:30 pm|