Harden's survey result
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“THE place for a date in Soho” – “time stands still” at this “intriguing” townhouse that wins the hearts of legions of Londoners with its “dark and Gothic” Bohemian, candle-lit charm, its “casual yet engaged staff”, and its “splendiferous wine list (without hefty mark-ups too”). Don’t expect great comfort (although the “cramped quarters do make for romantic closeness”) and while “the no-frills cooking is very flavoursome it’s not haute cuisine”.
“To ‘seal the deal’ with a date”, this “old world”, “rickety” Soho “haunt” – “all flickering candlelight and rustic Bohemian style” – has few equals. The “ever-changing”, “simple”, “seasonal” fare is “honest” and “always reliable”, but “the wine makes a meal exceptional” – “an amazing choice” from arguably “the best-value list in London”.
“For the perfect first date”, this “magical” (if “cramped”), candle-lit Soho townhouse is second to none – a “shabby-chic treasure” that’s “barely changed in three decades” (although actually, behind the scenes, they put in a big new kitchen this year). The “simple, daily changing fare” is unfailingly good value, but the star turn is the “incredible wines at stunning prices”.
“Unique” and “utterly charming”, this ancient candlelit Soho townhouse remains one of London’s most prodigiously popular bolt-holes; “squashed” it may be, and the “extraordinary” wine may outshine the cuisine (“reasonably priced” as it is)… but “if you only have eyes for your date, this is the place!”
Andrew Edmunds Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Proper trencherman food “Authentic” little restaurant ambience doesn’t hide fact the tables are rather cramped"
"Truly awful coffee! (Apparently, problems have been encountered with a new coffee machine. How they continue to serve the stuff in such circumstances - let alone seek to charge for it - is beyond me.)"
"Still serving up old-fashioned French grub in a fabulous setting."
"Went for dinner with my wife, whereas I had previously only eaten there at lunchtime. It was very busy which possibly accounted for a slight reduction in the standard of food and service."
"This restaurant is a unique experience. I can understand why it is so busy when the food is good quality and prepared with such skill. The surroundings in this small Georgian house are very cosy and indeed there is so little room between tables the waiting staff often struggle to keep cutlery on the plates as they clear the tables. However it all makes for a surprisingly enjoyable experience and one cannot fault the price value balance."
"Have wanted to visit this restaurant for a long time after reading such glowing reviews. Really didn't know what to expect and the venue certainly has character in bucketloads. Service was friendly though a little erratic on the night we went - rather too many pieces of cutlery flying across the floor. Really not surprising given how close the tables are together. However clearly the food is prepared with passion and care. All the dishes were perfectly cooked and very tasty. Certainly I can understand the reason it is so busy when you consider the prices and I will be returning."
"Slightly shambolic..too many dishes not available quite early in the evening."
"Little to add to my review of last August, other than it is looking a little shabby."
46 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LP
Mon Fri noon - 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm - 10.45pm Sat 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm - 10.45 pm; Sun 1 pm - 4 pm, 6 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.45 pm, Sun 10.30 pm