survey result

Summary

£62
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A perfect location opposite the National Theatre and Festival Hall and good pre-theatre set-menu” win particular nominations for the SE1 branch of this well-known national group. Even some fans “wish there were more adventurous choices on the menu”, but they still recommend the “French-influenced” brasserie cooking as “better quality than many rivals even if it is very much chain fare”. The overall verdict, though, is that it’s “just OK, especially bearing in mind the prestigious name under which they trade”.

Summary

£62
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Classic French cuisine at reasonable prices” sums up the aim of superchef Raymond Blanc’s “jolly” mid-market brasseries (which sometimes suffer by comparison with his temple to haute cuisine, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons). At their best, they provide “an overall pleasant dining experience” that’s “solid and dependable”. At their worst, the experience is “middle-of-the-road” going on “mass-produced”. The South Bank branch opposite the Festival Hall is “a great place”, while venues in the City, Chancery Lane and riverside Hammersmith are also usefully located. Another 10 are scattered across other English cities.

Summary

£56
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fair all-round, if by no means special” is a justifiable, if slightly harsh verdict on Raymond Blanc’s contemporary brasserie chain, whose branches are generally handy and well-appointed, and whose EC2 and SE1 outlets are often voted as “a decent place for a business meet up/dinner”. If it were not “trading on the name” of one of the country’s most famous chefs, its “reasonable” level of cooking might seem more laudable and less “formulaic”.

Summary

£56
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fair all-round, if by no means special” is a justifiable, if slightly harsh verdict on Raymond Blanc’s contemporary brasserie chain, whose branches are generally handy and well-appointed, and whose EC2 and SE1 outlets are often voted as “a decent place for a business meet up/dinner”. If it were not “trading on the name” of one of the country’s most famous chefs, its “reasonable” level of cooking might seem more laudable and less “formulaic”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu
Yes
No dress code
100
Opening hours

Last orders: 10 pm, Sat 10.30 pm, Sun 9 pm

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