A gorgeous dining room. Superior cuisine as one would expect at a Michelin starred restaurant. Beautifully presented and well served. Some memorable dishes; the sweetbread ravioli appetizer particularly stands out in my mind. Superb wine list with adequate selections in the "affordable" range and then the usual stratospheric bottlings for the mafiosos and Bill Gates' of the world.
We ate a superb meal. BUT, I do have one MAJOR complaint. I continue to be uncomfortable and irritated with restaurants that insist on jackets and ties, especially when they are not doing their part to provide a comfortable climatised environment. We were the first to be placed in our dining room that evening. It was the larger one of the two and in my opinion, the preferable one to be seated in. The room was stifling hot when we arrived dressed in our jackets and ties. Once at the table, I requested to remove my jacket so I wouldn't become prostrate with heat (I was already), and was politely told that that simply was "not possible". They offered to open the one window that could (two couldn't) and cracked it open about 6 inches, I believe its maximum opening capacity. The sun was beating in through all the windows. As other diners arrived, they also began to audibly protest. They lowered some sun shades but that was the most they were willing to do. It remained uncomfortable throughout the evening and it hugely detracted from the enjoyment.
I understand why restaurants use these schemes; they're afraid that if they relax the rules at all, they will soon have customers in torn blue jeans. But this hot night required some flexibility for their male GUESTS, who all arrived in jackets and ties as had been requested.
In my opinion, this place is just TOO CONSTIPATED to figure out that CUSTOMERS COME FIRST!
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