Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.gilgameshbar.com/
  • Phone: 02072678300x2
  • Hours of Operation:
    Restaurant
    Open 7 Days a Week for Lunch and Dinner
    Lunch Monday - Friday: 12pm till 3pm

    Dinner Monday - Friday: 6pm till 12am
    Lunch Saturday - Sunday: 12pm till 5.45pm
    Dinner Saturday - Sunday: 6pm till 12am
    Main Lounge and Bar
    Monday to Thursday - 6pm until late
    Friday to Sunday - Noon until late

    Babylon Lounge VIP Bar
    Saturday and Sunday- 6pm until late

    Studio Nightclub
    Friday and Saturday - 9.30pm until late
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Thai, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Ian Pengelley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ian Pengelley offers a selection of signature pan-Asian dishes and menus, influenced by the cuisine of South East Asia, China and Japan .

    Gilgamesh's drama, opulence, tradition, history and aesthetic beauty will infuse London with an exciting taste of the East.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus:
    31, 24, 27, 168, 393

    Underground:
    Camden Town, Chalk Farm

    Overground:
    Kentish Town West
  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: Car Parking is available at the rear of the building via Chalk Farm Road.
A word from Gilgamesh
The glamorous restaurant has a contemporary style, perfectly fused with the exotic imagery & mystique of the Babylonian era. The open kitchen of the main restaurant invites you to gaze at Pengelley in action as he creates his inventive Asian food. The main dining room feels endlessly spacious. Gilgamesh leaves guests in awe of its opulent decor, entertainment & unparalleled dining experience.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
*30th March Bookings will not be Finalised as card details are required
*ALL Friday & Saturday night bookings require credit/debit card details
*ALL Parties of 6+ require credit/debit card details
Bookings will not yet be finalized until card details have been received. Gilgamesh Restaurant will contact you to request these details

Groups of 8+ are required to dine from a Set menu
Groups of 15+ are required to pay a £10 per person non-refundable deposit
There are no special offers on Saturdays after 3.30pm
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Gilgamesh reviews from OpenTable diners
397 reviews since 24 May 2014
Average Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.3
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (274)group bookings (211)romance (173)fit for foodies (155)good vegetarian options (100)business meals (83)pre/post theatre (45)sunday lunch (33)outstanding value (32)brunch (28)child friendly (10)disabled access (7)outdoor eating (6)afternoon tea (5)Show More
  • Andy
    AndyM
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    A fun experience. Food and atmosphere very pleasant. Service a little hit and miss.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, shame about the service
    Pato
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    Had a 6pm reservation so quite early as we were heading to a concert later, service was poor from start to finish. Seated in the bar on arrival for a pre dinner drink yet no staff were around or came near to take an order, eventually got a drink but had to find staff again to get seated at our table, three more attempts to get someone to take us to a table. Food was delicious though and the decor is lovely. I won't return at this time of night again, it was obvious they had just opened. definitely a night venue. When we left we asked which exit was best to head up to the Roundhouse and were shown what they felt was the best way, straight out into a supermarket car park which was completely not the right way.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Good food.
    Dominique
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    I enjoy Gilgamesh each time I go there. It is an original stting and very busy but it is balanced by the good service. From cocktails, mains and dessert, all the food is refined and light [even the green curry!] I'll return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, terrible service
    Steve
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Our beef course was overdone and one course didnt even turn up. The Waiter and Supervisor then argued with us as our table rather than make it right, which is just unacceptable. Shame - it's a great spot otherwise.
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    group bookings
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  • Best Meal Ever
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This place is place is spectacular, so friendly and absolutely delicious. If you haven't been to Gilgamesh yet you need to hurry up and book a table, the food is amazing, the place looks amazing and the service is perfect. Can't wait to go back
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Spectacular
    CockneyCounsellor1
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is a very impressive restaurant. The atmosphere is brilliant. The staff were very friendly, helpful without being intrusive. We were a party of six and every delicacy we had was fresh, well cooked and tasty. The dim sun has left a lasting impression on me. I will definitely be making another visit, SOON.
    Special Features:
    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance
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  • double birthday treat
    good2eat
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    we were first in, but were given first class attention with first class food, i will never eat at wing wahs again! when we got back into the lanes with all the chineses food stores it all looked like tastely slop! The food was beautiful and fresh, the fried rice full of moist fresh prawns, will not hesitate in dining there again and will recommend it to friends
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Oh Gilgamesh!
    BaJohnVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    My favourite restaurant is dropping points. It started with the man at the door whom was effectively rude to my wife. (I was outside parking the car). Then the food was not as good as usual. Hmm .. they have changed chefs twice this year we hear. Oh dear. I still like Gilgamesh but the shine is beginning to dull. The 50% monthly menu was NOT one of the best, but I must highlight the sweet as excellent. Also the quality of the reduced price wine was I feel not up to the requisite standard. We dine here regularly and am overall a bit disappointed. We would still recommend to friends and will probably be back soon as has been the case over the past 5 years. Every place has a low point in it's history ... maybe this is it for Gilgamesh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usual Set Menu fare
    Nataku
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Set Menu can be hit and miss if your a veggie or have allergies like me. However staff were very kind to cater for our needs and modified dishes to suit.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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  • Expected more
    Cutta
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Overpriced. We had lamb cutlets which were amazing but my tempura soft shell crab was cold, and when i mentioned it to waiter all i got was sorry, i would have excepted to get my dish replaced or not been charged for it.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Worth a visit
    TripleA
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Great food and ambience, slightly disappointed by the service and staff. It took around 30 mins for our mains to arrive and when they brought them, it was another 5-10 mins till our side dish arrived. This can happen on a Friday night so I didn't mind too much, but what I found really off-putting was the condescending nature of the staff, both when I called to book and when I asked about the side dishes. I found them to be very rude. However, this was only a few of them and so I would happily return as other staff members were perfectly polite and the food was really nice.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gilgamesh
    carrie
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Gilgamesh was great, brill ambience, good service. Menu is much shorter so fewer choices.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Appalling experience
    londonp
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner. Food and service was fantastic until the bill came. The bill had £45 extra drinks we didn't order. When I queried it with the waitress, she said it was the drinks we had at the bar. I explained which waitress brought us from the front door to our table. She called the manager. The manager argued and said we had the drinks and we would have to pay. She then sent the barmaid to say she remembered serving my friend and me. Funny when I don't drink for religious reasons. I told her to check the CCTV. After 15 mins we were given out actual bill and paid and left. Service was fantastic until an embarrassing experience and being called a liar. £45 is not exactly going to break the bank for me. Left rather annoyed.
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    special occasions
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  • Great Restaurant- misleading offer
    AmyZamo
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Great restaurant, food and service at Gilgamesh. We went as a group of 4 for the first time and all enjoyed our evening. Although the offer advertised by Open Table as '50% off the £49 set menu' is very misleading, as this is the restaurants standard price anyway! (£24.99 per head) So no real offer to take advantage of. We would've happily paid the full price and saved the embarrassment if it was more clear. Other than that,a great experience- the best cocktails too! Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An expensive Treat
    cheekym0nkey
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    There are many places where you can pay lots of many for not very much but at Gilgamesh, you get what you pay for. The food is excellent, the service is even better and the ambience makes the experience a special treat.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie2Shoes
    foodie2shoes
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Gilgamesh is always a safe option whatever the occasion. This time we had the 50% set menu offer, only downside was the the main course (we had the beef) was not particularly inspiring and fairly bland. Food in general is nothing revolutionary but good quality and the service is also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top quality food! top service!
    MangoVIP
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    a group of 5 of us went Gilgamesh to celebrate a friend's birthday. There wasn't a single thing that I could fault on the whole dining experience at Gilgamesh. The staff that looked after us made conversation with us and looked after us very well. She wasn't over attentive at all. She was friendly and helpful. As I have made a note that it was a birthday celebration, the staff there certainly took note and made the same dessert we all had extra special for the birthday girl. I have never given 5 stars for everything in my reviews on a restaurant... but my experience at Gilgamesh was absolutely fantastic! :) Highly recommend!
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    group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • avoid
    marius
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    The staff was inattentive, although the drinks were delicious, it took a long time for for the waiter to take our drink order and for the drinks to arrive. Our server had little to no knowledge of the menu, and did not inquire what order we would like our food served in. The sushi rice was overcooked, the eel was, if even grilled, not the correct texture and the tempura was soggy and bland The black rice sushi did not arrive at all and we had to ask to have it removed from our bill. The black rice risotto was decent, but seemed uninspired and lacked something to make it complete. The miso cod was the only redeeming dish we were served, although it was presented by the waiter as sea bass and incredibly cumbersome to eat with chopsticks.
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  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    One of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had down to the amazing decor, great food and wonderful service. I would give it 100% but for me it was a little bit pricey (for me) and they added on the 12.5% service charge without asking me, however the service was great and I might have given that much anyway but would have preferred to do this by my own choice. Also it was a bit difficult to alter my booking when I realised the link to book a table from the restaurants own website restricted me to a set menu which they would NOT allow me to change to an open menu.... bit odd and I don't want to read too much into that because it will spoil my memories of the occassion.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    Londoner123
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    The excellent food was let down by some of the worst service I've experienced in London. For example, when the waiter came to clear the table after the main courses, he asked if we wanted desert menus. Despite us asking for them, he cleared half the table and didn't return (to clear the rest of the table or to deliver the menus) until, 20 minutes later, we followed the lead of another table and literally waved our arms at every passing member of staff. In my experience, half-clearing tables, failing to deliver menus, and ignoring customers is not part of the service usually offered in London restaurants.
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  • Expensive
    HertsTimelord
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Started with a drink in the lounge. cocktails were decent but were £10:50 each, plus 12.5% for near non-existent service. Restaurant staff didn't seem to know much about the food menu. The food was quite good, excepting the terayaki beef, which we sent back as it was tough to the point of inedible. The waiter said "chef said it was fine". Well, chef didn't have to eat it and pay £75 a head for a meal with drinks, including the 12.5% "optional" service charge.
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    child friendly, special occasions
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  • Lovely
    Kryssy
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    I went along for a late lunch with my boyfriend. We both would recommend this restaurant. Great service, great atmosphere, food was amazing, absolutely tasty. I had the Thai Green curry it was full of flavours definitely the best Thai Green curry I've ever had. Also I had the duck spring rolls which were huge and flavoursome. Very pricey but on a special occasion it's worth the treat! Romantic environment and beautiful interior.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Always a winner!
    peegeedee
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    I have visited here several times and this last time was just as good as all the others. The food was sublime, service was fantastic and a great buzz set the atmosphere for the night. We took a friend visiting from New York and he loved it- job done, thank you!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Quirky
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Loved this place. Good food and great ambience. Had the set menu which was more than enough food. Blink and you'll miss the entrance to the restaurant, but well worth a visit.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Awesome style and perfect service
    Noodlechops
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    One of the nicest and most original places Iv eaten in a long time. The food is great but youl come back for the staff and the general awesomeness of the plsce.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can do no wrong
    QuinzenVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    The food here is always incredible, good service, nice vibe, good value. We love it!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • gilgamesh
    chrisandtray
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    excellent surroundings with great service and food the chef is a magician thank you
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Jewel in the Crown
    Kaz64
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Gilgamesh is a stunning restaurant - very opulent but yet friendly and inviting. We happened to be in Camden so booked very last minute and went for the 50% off set menu option. Waitress very friendly and remedied a mistake with our menu very quickly. Food was lovely but unfortunately for me a little too heavy with soy sauce in each dish so I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I would definitely go back but this time choose from the menu as other diners meals looked delicious.
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    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an amazing treat
    treats
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    For those of us who live in the real world Gilgamesh is a place for special occasions or treats and with that in mind the food is wonderful, i had duck rolls, thai green chicken and coconut rice followed by chocolate fondant...the fondant is very good. Our waiter was amazing, friendly, ready with suggestions and to answer any questions. He really went out of his way to make our night special.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Just amazing food. The staff were friendly and so happy to hep. Will definitely be going back.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • birthday dinner
    AsianJinx
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    so booked a dinner @ gilgamesh for myself and the wife (her birthday). when booking online, informed that I would like a "happy birthday" message on dessert for my wife. however staff came over and asked who's birthday it was. therefore spoiling the surprise. also when dessert arrived, they had written birthday message on my dessert and not for my wife. really poor service. however the food and the ambiance was very good. disappointment that it seems the staff do not communicate with each other.
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Great atmosphere, bad food
    EmmaI
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I was so shocked as normally when I go to Gilgamesh the food is amazing, but my lamb dish was dry and tasteless, and the coconut rice, had no taste. However, I had a great time, as the service was great and the atmosphere means you cannot help but chat to people around you.
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    business meals, group bookings
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  • Nice
    DCDiningOut
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food was well presented and explained (I won't lie and say I enjoyed every dish, but overall it was nice). The ambience and overall experience was lovely; lovely venue and for the most part good food.
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    brunch, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Amazing!!!
    SoniaDD30
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Gilgamesh was an experience that didn't disappoint! I loved every moment and I think where it is situated adds to the atmosphere! Food was fabulous, staff were very attentive and just such a lovely experience! Will definitely plan a return visit!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friday night out.
    adven2urer
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Gilgamesh.great choice! Food an service excellent my american cousin was impressed!! She loved the ambience and style of it. A good time was had.
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabolous!
    PLT28
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Went to Gilgamesh for my 3 year anniversary with my husband. Very nice deco & music. Good food, loved the cocktail of the month & dessert was amazing- the choc fondant and sorbets delicious. Service was excellent and our waiter was attentive and friendly so overall it was very nice. Would definitely recommend it! Be prepared for the huge bill it is quite expensive but worth it!
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    brunch, business meals, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Shackelton
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    Good all round evening (on a Wednesday when it was quiet) 50% offer - would not like to be the paying the full price - staff attentive and friendly.
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Underwhelming
    Lav48VIP
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Wish I'd read some of the reviews before we dined! My partner arrived in smart long shorts (it was 28 degrees!) & shirt & were told on arrival that they would seat us in the Lounge rather than the restaurant. I stated we would leave rather than sit in the bar (I don't want to precariously perch on a bar stool for dinner) & they changed their mind & seated us in the restaurant. After being seated and looking at the other clientele (men in t-shirts & caps etc) I thought it was audacious to make such a fuss upon entry. The duck salad was the best dish but nothing to write home about, beef & Thai red curry were bland. Decor was cheap. It's a restaurant that thinks it's in Mayfair but lacks the quality & food standards of one.
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  • Very friendly staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    Having looked at previous reviews I knew the food and ambience were excellent but it was the staff who really made the experience from those who met you at the door, the reception staff to the fantastic waitress and maître d'. We were given wristbands which meant we were able to return later to enjoy the club.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Very Poor Service Levels
    SWG74
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    Great place, Great location and amazing food .. shame about the service In a nutshell got our drinks wrong in the bar , one drink for two people cant be hard ! .. at the dinner table had to ask for a bottle of still water 4 times before I had to go to a manager and he went and got one , we asked for a glass of prosecco twice and never did get it !! 4 people sat at the table next to us ordered drinks,decided they didn't like the table and were moved when another became available. Another 4 were bought to this table and were actually seated when the table hadn't been tidied or cleared from the 4 who were there briefly before ! I would go back , as this was my first time and I would like to think this was one off bad experience
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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