Spoon+ in London
I tried Spoon+ in London earlier this week. It is Alain Ducasse's upscale "diner" concept in which the customer can pick a main ingredient from column A, a sauce from column B, and the sie dish from column C etc. Apparently he has other versions of this restaurant in Paris & Tokyo. The restaurant has the feel of an Asia de Cuba or the Mercer Kitchen in terms of trendy hotel based restaurants. The food was very good: first they brought out some spiced crackers with two dips: one of goat cheese and the other of asparagus. Then I had iceberg lettuce with thai vinegrette and rare beef as an appetizer, and lamb with masala sauce and rice as my entree. The service was nice and the ambience was cool but the kitchen was very slow in bringing out my entree. There was probably over 45 minutes between taking away the appetizer and bringing the entree. Other than that it was a fun experience. Appetizers are about $19 and entrees were about $32.