This was our second visit to Van Zeller and the food, service and ambience have been equally good on both occasions.
Highlights from the short menu were a fabulous, intensely flavoured dish of steak with snails, a punchy starter of mackerel, and of course the stellar puddings. Van Zeller is however the kind of place where you could pretty much pick any dish from the menu at random and be confident of getting something special.
Service is of the highly polished, correct and rather formal sort that rightly or wrongly goes inevitably with Tom Van Zeller's Michelin-starred ambitions, but the staff are also friendly and hospitable - when we pointed out that our puddings were taking rather a long time to arrive (no surprise as the restaurant was full and we had ordered one each of the four elaborate confections offered) a free refill of pudding wine was immediately offered.
I do agree with a previous reviewer that the practice of adding a service charge (well deserved, as it happens) automatically to the bill rather than leaving this entirely to the diner's discretion is an odd and not entirely appropriate one, but this really is the only off-key note in an otherwise excellent restaurant experience.
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