I always enjoy trying new places and groupon allows that to happen more frequently to places I would never entertain usually.
The setting is within the park lane hotel, with access from the street and the hotel, sadly the street access also allows for a biting wind to enter each time someone leaves or has the misfortune to enter.
I am sure the a la carte menu is fabulous, but the groupon menu is far from satisfactory. Starters present options of breads or goats cheese salad. Initially going for the garlic pizza bread and goats cheese salad we awaited for the evening to begin with our complimentary prosecco, which having been included in the deal was somewhat confused how it could be seen as a freebie.
On arrival the starter was three slices of cheese pizza in a stack and a well presented goats cheese and pear salad. The pizza bread was similar to a supermarket brand value pizza base with some extra cheddar cheese sloshed on for good measure, I would liken it to eating marathon runners socks if I ever had the misfortune to have to eat those. The salad was palatable if a little overrun by shaved cabbage giving a bitter twang. The waiter, seeing my full plate asked if everything was ok and of course stated it was a popular dish but would replace for his personal favourite, with a bit extra. What came next was supposed to be wild boar on toast, what it felt like eating was burnt chilli con carne on stale biscuits, not a great start.
Mains were a risotto of smoked mozzarella and the beef option. The risotto sadly was highly salted and the mozzarella sprinkled over the top straight from the fridge. The beef itself was excellent, but the sides let it down, an odd sponge bob square pants shaped potato mash cube that was cold and the on vine tomato half cooked half raw. At this point it was laughable and wondered what if anything could go wrong next, the desserts were tiramisu, but it was more tiramiso-so.
Service was standard Central London chain level.
Overall a sub standard and expensive 3 course meal (wine average of £25-30) that showed neither promise or convinced me to return. A better meal can be had at a prezzo chain and you will get some change, more choice and better service.
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