The Betterment by Jason Atherton
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
good food, almost overly-attentive service, dining room a bit like a departure lounge @ an airport (soulless). Very expensive
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.
Attentive, friendly but not over bearing service. Excellent set menu. Quiet early on, but gets busy and more buzzy. Great addition to Mayfair.
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.
Wonderful food in a lovely setting with great service
Quality of the food was not up to the mark. Service and ambience were good. Wine list too expensive
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
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
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.
Food was very good. Service was patchy. It was hugely expensive.
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.
Delicious food and spotless service! I had the beef tartare and shellfish linguine and both were fantastic. Will be back for more
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.
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.
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.
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.
The food and service was amazing!
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.
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.
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.
Opening day so very minor teething issues on service but otherwise very attentive service. Will definitely return.