Since the Savoy re-opened last year, we have eaten at the River Room three times, twice after the theatre and this time at lunch on a Saturday. Sadly, on both late evening visits, the Restaurant was almost deserted when we arrived at 1030, but on the third visit at lunchtime, it was full, and the transformation was dramatic.
The lounge, too, was full, with several couples and family groups enjoying tea and cakes at 1.30pm which seemed odd, but the atmosphere was buzzing and quite like the old days.
It's an old adage that restaurant service is always better when the place is busy, and this was amply proved by the charming restaurant team who this time struck an excellent balance between formality and friendliness, between too much attention and not enough.
Since the Omelette Arnold Bennett was invented at the Savoy, surely nowhere would it be done better - so we all four ordered one as a starter, and yes, and it was delicious, light, and a perfect combination of haddock and parmesan. For main courses, we all chose fish - three the Dover sole and one Cod, which were perfectly cooked, and very elegantly served.The mashed potato served with the Sole was delicious, light creamy and fluffy and presented in individual silver pots.
In my lifetime the great London hotels have never been such celebrated gathering centres for the local people as are their counterparts in other great cities - Hong Kong, Paris or New York - but the River Restaraurant seems well on the way to becoming a hot lunch ticket, and on this performance, it certainly deserves to.
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