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survey result

Summary

£188
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Charlie Taylor and his small team are brilliant hosts, striking the perfect balance of informality and professionalism to draw you into the intimate dinner-party style mood” at this tiny chef’s table experience in a Soho alleyway, whose menu is, in part, a showcase for owner Simon Rogan’s famous L’Enclume. “Don’t come expecting linen table cloths and flunkies: you are dining in an extended kitchen, so it only works if you want the food to be the star. And it’s truly stellar”“strong classic flavour combinations inspired by seasonal produce”. One niggle repeated a couple of times this year: “numerous dishes seemed simply ready to plate” which can detract from the experience (“I was disappointed that all we really saw was the final touches to the preparation, it was fun, but I missed the opportunity to learn more about the food, as you can at some chef’s tables”). For the most part, though, few doubt that a meal here is anything other than “stunning”. Despite awarding L’Enclume three Michelin stars, the tyre men bizarrely award no stars here.

Summary

£178
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Blown away by the food!” – Simon Rogan’s only restaurant in the capital is a “small, intimate chef’s table experience, with six diners per seating”: “an oasis of calm and elegance”. When it first opened a few years ago, they only told you where it was after you had booked, but in recent times they have become much less ‘secret squirrel’ about its location off a Soho alleyway. It has also recently ditched its single-offering, all-in £195 per head format (which included all food and drinks) in favour of a more conventional £125 per head tasting menu, with various drinks offerings. “With just half a dozen customers, it offers an excellent chance to chat with fellow diners and the fabulous chefs and hear the story of the food”. “The chefs do a great job of preparing and hosting at the same time”, and the food is “exceptional and original”. “Three hours speed by in a jiffy”. This year’s only complaint? – “the ground hazelnut topping could have benefitted from being slightly coarser!”.

Summary

£195
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Lakeland-based uber-chef Simon Rogan’s eight-seater development kitchen offers “a fascinating and unique experience”, featuring “some of the most creative dishes in London”. Diners pre-book (at £195 a head) and go to a secret Soho address, where a dozen surprise courses and paired wines are prepared in front of them by two chefs. “We went for our anniversary but the other six diners pulled out; what could have been awkward became a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive pampering!”.

Summary

£195
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Lakeland-based uber-chef Simon Rogan’s eight-seater development kitchen offers “a fascinating and unique experience”, featuring “some of the most creative dishes in London”. Diners pre-book (at £195 a head) and go to a secret Soho address, where a dozen surprise courses and paired wines are prepared in front of them by two chefs. “We went for our anniversary but the other six diners pulled out; what could have been awkward became a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive pampering!”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code
8

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 155.00 Always available  
Menu2 155.00 Always available  
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £1.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
16a St Anne's Court, London, W1F 0BF
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday7:30 pm‑11:30 pm
Wednesday7:30 pm‑11:30 pm
Thursday7:30 pm‑11:30 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑3:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑11:30 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑3:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑11:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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