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finver Jan 8, 2007 08:53 PM

30-something hound from New York looking for a truly memorable, romantic meal next week in London. I have a reservation at La Noisette but have also heard Aikens and Lindsay House are superb. More interested in quality of food and romantic setting than to be at the "in place". Price is not a factor as this is a rare, special evening. Any consideration from UK hounds would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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    Simon Majumdar Jan 8, 2007 09:02 PM

    To be honest, I would not choose any of those three

    TA really polarizes opinion. I thought it was one of the most ludicrously bad meals of all my time in London, but I know others whose opinions I respect who love it.

    Recent reports of Lindsay House have been very unfavourable. My last meal there many moons ago was memorable, but of late, I hear bad things

    I have not tried La Noisette. I hear that there has been a chef change, but may be mistaken

    If it was my money I would try Galvin at The Windows at The Hilton Park lane. Chris Galvin is IMHO one of the best in town and the food and service should certainly meet your needs. The spectacular views from the 28th floor are an added bonus and you can pretend that the nosebleed you get is from the altitude and not the pricing.

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      Tony Finch Jan 9, 2007 12:14 AM

      I haven't been to La Noisette or Galvin but I would choose The Greenhouse, Aubergine and The Capital over TA or Lindsay House

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        SpikeyD Jan 9, 2007 12:17 PM

        Until recently, Lindsay House would have been my hands down favourite... but haven't been for a while now, and I have also heard stories about the food declining. Shame.

        I've only been to the original Galvins on Baker St - wonderful, wonderful food, but not a wow ambience. The Hilton Galvins may well be more romantic.

        How about the old faithfuls - Gavroche, Mirabelle maybe? And I have always enjoyed the cooking at Orrery very much, for those special romantic occasions.

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          Howard V Jan 10, 2007 09:35 PM

          I thought the food at Tom Aiken's was a bit of a curate's egg. I wouldn't describe it as a romantic venue though.

          I'm having dinner at Lindsay House in Friday, so I'll report back then.

          I haven't been to La Noisette yet.

          I'd have thought you'd want a quiet intimate place with a good degree of charm. I recommend L'Oranger on St James Street or Rousillon in Pimlico. Roussillon has the edge for food. Not as well known or as fashionable as the places you've mentioned, but a bit of lesser-known gem. http://www.roussillon.co.uk/

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            SpikeyD Jan 12, 2007 08:38 AM

            Definitely would like your feedback on Lindsay House - been hearing some negative stories about slipping standards there recently.

            I'd second both L'Oranger and Roussillon for romantic dinners - but haven't been to either for a while; up to date reports would also be great...

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              victoriasw3 Jan 13, 2007 09:27 AM

              My husband and I went to dinner at Roussillon for my birthday in November. While I cannot recall specifically what we ate, I know that it was all fantastic with first rate service. The room was lovely with tables spaced nicely so you really felt like you had some privacy...That being said, every meal I've had in recent months pales in comparison to my dinner at Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road at the end of November! WOW!!!!

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                stevenjf Jan 13, 2007 02:44 PM

                fredericks in camden passage near the angel islington is a super venue . i like the rear room very much indeed which has a wonderful contemporary feel with lovely plants , flowers and fab paintings . the food which these days isnt the top of the food league is still very good .

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                  finver Jan 17, 2007 11:59 AM

                  Thank you all for your suggestions - I should have followed them more closely! Lindsay House was, for the most part, a disappointment. My companion's meal was quite nice - risotto with lobster and filet of sole - my "signature dishes" of duck 3 ways and the partridge were awful. The duck was cloyingly sweet, save the gizzard which was quite nice. The partridge was over cooked and tough. Had the server bothered to ask, I would have gladly told them...alas... I thought it an American custom to rush diners into ordering - evidently this awful custom is not unique to us as our server literally hovered over the table to take both our dinner and dessert orders. Only with a stern "please give us a few minutes" were we given some breathing room. The saving grace was the sommellier who not only suggested a lovely hautes cotes de nuit, but was the only one to explain what it was we were being served.

                  Again, thank you for your thoughtful recommendations - I intend to follow them on my next visit this spring. In the interim, I might suggest you steer clear of Lindsay House.

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                    Howard V Jan 17, 2007 03:14 PM

                    Ah . . . I should've posted my review and saved you the visit. Our tasting menu was by no means disastrous, but certainly a mixed bag . . . no comparison with, e.g. Roussillon.

                    More here: http://londonfood.typepad.com/stuff/2...

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                      SpikeyD Jan 17, 2007 04:29 PM

                      Such a shame that Lindsay House has allowed its standards to drop - presumably Corrigan's taken his eye off the ball looking after Bentley's. The building is one of the nicest fine dining spaces in London... It's good to hear Roussillon is still up to scratch, though. Time for a re-visit... Somebody mentioned L'Oranger in a reply - does anyone have a recent experience? It used to be one of the most under-rated restaurants in London.

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                        Howard V Jan 17, 2007 04:36 PM

                        I mentioned L'Oranger, but I must confess to having last been there three years ago.

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