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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay vs Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's

Hi,

I need an opinion. My 20th wedding anniversary is Wednesday the 17th. We had a friend make a reservation for us at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (we thought) on August 17th, because they take reservations 2 calendar months to the day. (She was in London, we were in Los Angeles.)

I called to confirm today, and it turns out that she made the reservation at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's.

We really wanted to eat at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, with the Michelin stars and all. But Claridge's also sounds good. Should we keep the reservation, or should we try to make a reservation somewhere else?

And if so, where?

Thanks for any help!

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  1. Hmm, well, TT manage to snag a reservation well within a few weeks at GR, but then, TT is flixible and doesn't mind eating on a Tuesday :)

    I think this is one for the locals. Anyone?

    TT

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    1. re: TexasToast

      I guess no one. :(

      Since you mentioned it, I tried Restaurant Gordon Ramsay today, just on the off chance they had a cancellation. No luck. So I think we'll just try the one at Claridge's.

      Thanks for trying, TT!

      1. re: Just One Bite

        I had a lovely experience at Claridge's. Get there early to sit in the bar before dinner and enjoy the bar snacks (particularly good) and a cockail. You might also want to call ahead and tell them it's your 20th anniversary and see if there's anything special they can do for you.

        The two things I liked best about Claridge's were the cheese trolley and the petit fours after dinner. This is not to say that the main meal wasn't great--it was. But the cheese trolley was huge and I thought their tactic to turn the table was perfect--they asked us if we'd like to enjoy some complimentary petit fours in the bar.

        My dinner for four with two bottles of "good value" wine and a glass of port/dessert wine each after came to about £180 per person--this didn't include the pre-dinner cocktail. We did the tasting menu. Just so you are forewarned, given the ridiculous exchange rate at the moment.

        Enjoy!!! And please report back.

        1. re: kristainlondon

          Yikes! my company has a 50 pound limit on dinner when in London! It sounded so generous...

          1. re: coney with everything

            £50 is usually fine. But this is Gordon Ramsay we're talking about. And a tasting menu.

            You can dine at the Boxwood (a Ramsay property) for cheap if you eat early: http://www.toptable.co.uk/venues/rest...

            Remember--everything is more or less numerically the same. That is, if you would pay $17.95 for an entree in the U.S., you'll probably end up paying around £17.95 here. Close your eyes and don't convert.

        2. re: Just One Bite

          jfood was "asked" by his boss to go to london next week and was pleasantly surprised that GR Claridges had a 2-top for next tuesday at 7. when he made the reso that wonderful sweet voice specifically told him that his 7pm reso would expire at 9pm and they could take cheese, et. al. in the other room. Hey no biggie for jfood, a nice poofy chair and some cheese after a great meal. life on the road is tough some times.

          1. re: jfood

            What a small world, jfood!

            Texas & Lady Toast will be in London next week and will dine at GR.

            Where in town?

            TT

            1. re: TexasToast

              Sorry TT

              Just saw. Jfood stays at Athenaeum or Park Lane when in London. Love the neighborhood and can walk to his office. Lots of breakfast nooks and crannys and the dinner choices are great in this neighborhood.

              1. re: jfood

                Cool. So how was GR @ Claridges?

                TT

                1. re: TexasToast

                  Terrible, reviewed elsewhere. worst meal of the week. lousy service to boot. if given the choice would rather have a sandwich at EATS and watch football. only wish GR was there to watch him yell at everyone, now that would have made jfood's knight.

                  how was the other Ramsay's?

                  1. re: jfood

                    Absolutely wonderful; haven't reviewed it yet though, but I'll put it on another thread.

                    Where's your Claridges review?

                    TT

      2. Update: I never ended up going to either restaurant! My husband unfortunately hurt his back so we ended up eating at our hotel, the Malmaison. Since we were there almost a month (while looking for a place to live in London) it ended up being a great place to celebrate our anniversary. We had become friendly with lots of the staff and they really treated us right. Not to mention the food is delicious! It really is a great restaurant. And if you like wine, their sommolier, Iggy, is a genius! He really listens to you when you talk, and recommends wonderful wines. He even has remembered us and our tastes, even with 6 months between visits (it is our "go-to" hotel here in London and everyone who visits from my husband's office stays there.)

        However, I do look forward to trying Gordon Ramsay's restaurants in the hopefully near future.

          1. re: klyeoh

            Thanks for posting this. I suppose this will hurt Ramsay's ego more than his pocketbook.

            >Ramsay, 46, continues to enjoy success on US television in shows in which he seeks to turn around failing restaurants.<

            That line made me laugh.

            1. re: klyeoh

              I think the Evening Standard has a more balanced story: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london... Looks like it was down to a protracted contract negotiation.

            2. The one at Claridges is awful -- seriously one of the worst meals I've had at the higher-end of things.

              Service weird, food ugh, room pretty but pretentious given the standard of food.

              Not a good restaurant in any sense.

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              1. re: brokentelephone

                I was lucky enough to eat there a few years ago when Sargent was still in charge. We had a very good Sunday lunch, perfect food, great service and a wonderful room...it was actually good value.

                I hear RHR has been regaining its reputation of late, closed at the moment for a refurb, but prior to that cooking was apparently brilliant under Claire Smythe.