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“Simply Stunning!”
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Ranked #827 of 24,091 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$36 - US$63
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Tube: Central Line - Lancaster Gate, Bus: 46, 94, 148, 274, 390
Description: A hidden corner of effortless indulgence, the warmth and energy Angelus is renowned for is personified as you cross the threshold, in its fabulous founder Thierry Tomasin. Far more than a stunning interior and mouth-watering cuisine, Angelus has become a beloved secret spot in London. Angelus prides itself on an easy gastronomic menu and contemporary approach to the French classics. Talented Head Chef, Joe Howley has created a menu of elegant but unpretentious food that can be enjoyed at any time for any occasion.Located next door to the Hyde Park Stables and just minutes from the Park itself, Angelus is is open from 10am until 11pm, seven days a week. It is the perfect place to enjoy an atmospheric lunch or dinner, a delicious brunch, or just a relaxing snack or glass of wine after a stroll through one of the most famous parks in London.
Reviewed 24 February 2014

Having read the reviews on here before going, I was going in with an open mind on a few points but there really was no need. The service was second to none - friendly, attentive and formal. The assistance and suggestions from the sommelier were fantastic - it is refreshing to see someone with this kind of passion for what they do. Arrive early to enjoy a drink in the lounge whilst you peruse the menu and take in the atmosphere. The food was cooked beautifully however if ordering the steak check how it will be cooked - I wasn't asked as the 'standard' is to do it medium-rare (which, for someone who has it blue, could have led to disaster!) but the response when I requested this was 'Oh, Chef will love you!' with a smile.

Despite previous reviews, salt did not seem to be a consistent theme of the evening with both me and my partner never having to reach for the seasoning and them actually getting it spot on. The pork belly amuse bouche and sweet treats at the end were a nice touch considering they were on the house (this seemed to be the standard for the evening). I had the lobster raviolo with squid ink, champagne veloute and sea vegetables to start - lobster cooked well, but the start of this was the veloute which I asked for extra bread to mop up! My main was the assiette of beef including fillet, tongue, cheek and bone marrow (not sure what happened to this on my plate though?). Everything was cooked perfectly but if you have this, only have the horseradish in small amounts - it is a potent one! We opted for the tasting desserts and matching wine flight to finish and were glad we did - the platter is enormous and features all of the desserts from the menu with well matched dessert wines to compliment (with the addition of the explanations for each choice from the sommelier).

Overall this is definitely a restaurant I would recommend. We were on the table in the corner so maybe did not experience the issues others have mentioned with the proximity to other diners, but the levels of service and standard of cooking would be enough to have me running back as soon as possible, although with a bill which came to £200 for two people, this may be a luxury I enjoy only every few months...

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Thank Melissa G
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

First tasty, meaty and well presented English breakfast ever enjoyed, no doubt they use high quality produce and decent food preparation.

That enjoyment was short lived when you consider the arrogant service, being cramped in a tiny table that can barely give space for the cutlery/plates and it is close enough to hear the whispers from the other table. Plus the outrageous charges for still water and "super acidic" fresh orange juice not to mention the "discretionary" service charge of 12.5% that thet ramp on your bill!

I'd go there again only as last resort solely for the breakfast after a rough night out in London!

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Thank JenCMM
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

The food is nice but be prepared for arrogance...

There were four tables occupied the entire time we were there but instead of spreading the guests around they sat us all in a row. The tables are all very close together - so close we chatted with our neighbors. They could easily have spread us around and allowed us elbow room.

When pouring glasses of wine the male waiter poured a tiny amount. When I asked about this he said it is a standard pour but the glass is not marked. Later a lady waitress poured about double this and I saw the male waiter pour tiny glasses to others in the restaurant.

Lastly they charged me in US dollars on my credit card without asking. This is annoying as the exchange rate is worse than that provided by my credit card company.

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1  Thank MikeBirdman
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Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

Amuse bouche: ox tongue - with what I assume was artichoke purée. Too salty (the start of a theme) and not enough purée.

Both starters: lobster ravioli and scallops too salty. Cream bisque with ravioli salted from samphire and salmon roe, needed no extra salt. Artichoke cubes with scallops undercooked and so hard they bounced off the plate from the fork. Pea shoots a good colourful addition, but purée too thin and tasteless.

Bread - some good - some not fresh and hard.

Beef main: delicious and all elements were good. Great combination of colours, flavours and textures. Brill main: fish perfectly cooked but parsnips undercooked and fennel so overcooked it was a mush. The marmalade style sweet compote was so overpowering it ruined all flavour of the fish. Not a well balanced dish - the compote was more orange than lemon and the plate looked anaemic with a brown jus thrown on for colour.

Cheese plate very good - shame about the wooden stick left in the goats cheese. Would have preferred quince marmelada or fig chutney - but that is personal taste. Excellent bread.

The parfait in the chocolate parfait pudding was too cold and subsequently rock hard, frozen in the middle and mostly tasteless. The honeycomb was excellent. Overall: with too much warm chocolate sauce the balance was overly cloying. Hard to get melted chocolate, nuts and raspberries wrong - they're a marriage made in heaven - usually.

Service: at the table excellent. Timing of the meal was good and all needs were catered for. However at 10pm the staff decided to prepare all tables for the next day and given the small size of the restaurant that was pretty intrusive as we ate our cheese course.

Sommelier knowledgeable and wines all perfect. 2 glasses of house 100% pinot noir champagne - tasty and unusual. Bottle of Reserve de Comtesse 2008 - very nice - though still overpriced at £108. House Sauternes and Juracon very good.

At £309 for 2 people (with only one truly excellent course) Angelus is competing on the level of Le Gavroche. There is probably only a 20% price difference - but the quality difference, in both food and ambience (you are literally 8" from the next table), is closer to 80%. My partner said that she'd have rather gone to Côte and eaten the Crab Mayonnaise, Duck Confit and Chocolate Fondant - which for 2 - including very decent wines - would have been substantially less than half the price and is always consistent in taste. Either the quality has to improve, or the price has to come down to compete with the very good cheap bistros in the area.

There's potential...but the execution is lacking. Anyone who says this restaurant is for 'foodies' has really never eaten quality food.


Thank lonarg
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

On the night we visited Angelus you could have chosen anything from their menu and enjoyed it. The six of us did almost that, it was superb. The restaurant was warm, welcoming and had excellent front of house staff. Be careful with the wine list though. Whilst there was a very wide range of reasonably priced bottles I spotted one at £2,400! Don't let that put you off, we will certainly return.

Thank mickyds20
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