The Betterment by Jason Atherton

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The Betterment by Jason Atherton is a contemporary dining experience located within The Biltmore Hotel, Mayfair. Luxurious yet relaxed with modern interiors and a menu suitable for sharing, The Betterment is the ideal place to socialise with friends, family and colleagues. The seasonally driven menu features beautifully presented dishes of wood-fired fish and meats, fresh seafood, signature salads and plant-based plates. Proteins are cooked on an open grill, with side dishes forming the flair of the meal, all inspired by flavours from around the world. In addition to the main restaurant, there is a beautiful Tea Lounge which challenges the perception of a traditional London afternoon tea and offers a unique experience to all guests. The comfortable Terrace is an elegant spot open for al fresco dining and drinking all year round.

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3 courses & a glass of champagne: £29.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 3 October 2019

Ends: 3 November 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-14:30 18:00-19:00

What 21 People Are Saying
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London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

good food, almost overly-attentive service, dining room a bit like a departure lounge @ an airport (soulless). Very expensive

L
London
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Truly awful
Website states they have a vegetarian menu - but the restaurant doesn’t know anything about it. Apparently it doesn’t exist.

Food - tasteless, tepid, over priced and undesirable. We sent several dishes back as inedible.

Sommelier recommended a bottle of wine she had not ever tried.

Waiter - very nice and tried his best

To top it all, they tried to charge us for the food we sent back.

Don’t go.

KS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Attentive, friendly but not over bearing service. Excellent set menu. Quiet early on, but gets busy and more buzzy. Great addition to Mayfair.

JW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible night.

Food as to be expected from Jason Atherton. High standard, which didn't disappoint.

Service on the night was on different level. Perfect. Thanks.

Please, please, please try the chocolate cake at the end.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a lovely setting with great service

DE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Quality of the food was not up to the mark. Service and ambience were good. Wine list too expensive

J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is delicious, staff professional and friendly. Location is good as central.
The ambiance is pretty flat. We were initially sat in the main restaurant area which was unvomfortably hot. Thankfully there were tables available on the terrace which we moved to. It became quite cool on the Terrace, although there are heaters in some areas, it would be a good idea to offer small blankets to customers to ensure it remains comfortable as the temperature starts to dip.
We thought it poor value due to the size of the starter plates and limited reasonable priced wine list.
We have said we wouldn't recommend to friends as even though the food is good, we think there are better alternatives that we could give a 5 star rating

SD
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Apart from it being a little too dark we had a lovely time. The staff were great and the food was amazing. Just always very aware you were dining in a hotel restaurant, particularly as the toilets are in the hotel . We still had a great meal and enjoyed ourselves

C
London
24 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It’s a beautiful restaurant and has a great bar. The sommelier was excellent and the wine list strong. The food was perfect rly average, social eating house offers a better quality. The restaurant was more than half empty yet service was patchy.

D
London
52 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. Service was patchy. It was hugely expensive.

SB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish we were greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff. The menu was explained in full and the recommendations were spot on. No surprise that each dish was served incredibly well and tasted amazing. Would highly recommend.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and spotless service! I had the beef tartare and shellfish linguine and both were fantastic. Will be back for more

T
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wanted to really love The Betterment; being a big Jason’s Atherton fan. But sadly...it wasn’t outstanding.

I would still describe it as very good, and perhaps the final finesse is still missing given it’s so new, but on the basis of this meal I would rather eat at Pollen St Social or Little Social.

Why? Because the service wasn’t perfect - we waited an age for a gin and tonic before the meal and a side salad was forgotten all together until we reminded them.

And the food looked good and were tasty but my choices of langoustine crudo and ribeye steak lacked a little flavour. Perhaps I chose badly.

I’d like to give it another go, but for the money I will probably go elsewhere.

GE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Upon arrival we were shown to, what I assumed was the main dining room (we subsequently realised there was a much nicer & larger space at the rear). The tables are both uncomfortably close to each & so large that the ambience is more akin to a coffee shop. The room's decor & poor acoustics also add to the feeling that you are indeed sitting in a run of the mill hotel dining space rather an elegant Mayfair establishment.
Unfortunately things didn't improve much with service. Our waiter seemed not to understand what some of the items on the menu actually were! Our pre-dinner drinks took so long to arrive that we barely had time to consume them before the first course arrived. The 'sommelier' despite being given the exact bin number of the required wine, was unable to identify it & when she did, seemed shocked that I had ordered something from The Americas! Amazingly she suddenly seemed to think that I had made a 'excellent choice' once she brought the correct bottle. On the plus side, the wine list itself is excellent.

As for the food, this was perhaps the most disappointing aspect. Starters for non-seafood eaters are almost non-existent. I had to resort to a 'side dish' of Grilled Vegetables with Sliced Pheasant (£12). I'm not sure quite why anyone would order this as a side dish & it didn't make a particularly good starter either, although the pheasant itself was tasty & enjoyable. My partner wasn't too impressed with her 'odd tasting' Steak Tartare (£16) though I didn't try this due the 'shellfish' content of the soy sauce it contained. Main courses were not much better. Her Rose Veal (£35) which I did try, was fatty and tasteless. My Ox Cheek Tortellini (£24) was flavourful but the pasta itself was too thick & quite hard. Other side dishes of Beef Fat Chips (£9) and Mushroom with Smoked Egg Yolk (£12) were nice if unremarkable.

TP
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely good evening. The food was very good. Fantastic share/family meal options. Starters were tasty and appealing to the eye. Cocktails were ok in the dining room. Would have loved to try the cocktails in the other bars. Staff were very attentive. Could tell it was a newly opened restaurant with enthusiastic staff ready to provide great service. Room was quite loud however can be attributed to it being quite a quiet-ish evening with not a lot of reservations (otherwise would have been awkwardly quiet). Decor is beautiful. Looking forward to attending again with a busier restaurant floor.

D
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the welcome in reception, through pre-dinner drinks, the excellent food and wine, ever attentive but not overbearing staff. Can’t fault the team very impressive for dat 3. Looking forward to our next visit.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing!

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Bitterly disappointed with betterment. Excited to read about Jason Atherton‘s new restaurant as part of the Biltmore Mayfair and attended with my foodie friend.
Firstly we were in the Terrace which was a windswept part of the restaurant where the wind was howling round the diners. And the heaters were insufficient The walls were meant to be living walls but in fact the plants in them were plastic really nasty

We ordered three starters as they sounded interesting - They were so unmemorable thatvI almost can’t remember what they were. Of specific note, the sea trout was covered with a bag of what reminded me of Tesco’s mixed leaf salad with lot of coarse frisée which killed the trout flavour - the terrine was served with sourdough toast but was so course with huge chunks of carrot in it that there was no way you could’ve spread it on the toast if you tried - again bland and tasteless. The third was an attempt at ceviche which was the best of the three but underwhelming

Mains did not fare any better. I had a seafood linguine, and the seafood look distinctly Like frozen seafood selection and was completely overcooked and tough sauce was tasteless - I have had better seafood linguine at Zizzi. My friend had the ox cheek tortellini which she said was okay once it had been seasoned properly.
The only saving grace was the sommelier and the wine which was good.
We did not bother to order desert.
Having been huge fans of maze since it opened this was a Major letdown. We will not return and we will not recommend.

DE
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A buzzy place have eaten in most of his London restaurants this is the most social one, good food good selection of wine, I thought the wine prices were a bit over the top, but no more than the top restaurants.
Will be returning there very shortly.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I had noted my wife is Vegan in the Top table booking and I had mentioned in my call with the restaurant at confirmation stage. They weren’t ready for it at the restaurant, no preparation or acknowledgment that there was one Vegan in our group and no Vegan options.

After a waiter trying his best to offer alternatives which resulted in a salad starter and a vegetable main... Jason did come out and speak to my wife which was great and proposed to cook something however the dish was pretty underwhelming which was a shame as we do love Atherton restaurants normally! So a pretty average experience albeit I appreciate it was the opening night! It feels like the restaurant is targeting a specific customer from overseas staying at the hotel.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Opening day so very minor teething issues on service but otherwise very attentive service. Will definitely return.