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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay vs Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's

Just One Bite Oct 15, 2007 11:14 AM


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. TexasToast RE: Just One Bite Oct 15, 2007 12:37 PM

    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?


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      Just One Bite RE: TexasToast Oct 16, 2007 11:44 AM

      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!

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        kristainlondon RE: Just One Bite Oct 16, 2007 01:58 PM

        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.

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          coney with everything RE: kristainlondon Oct 28, 2007 05:31 AM

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

          1. re: coney with everything
            kristainlondon RE: coney with everything Oct 28, 2007 08:47 AM

            £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.

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          jfood RE: Just One Bite Oct 26, 2007 03:55 PM

          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.

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            TexasToast RE: jfood Oct 28, 2007 04:00 AM

            What a small world, jfood!

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

            Where in town?


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              jfood RE: TexasToast Nov 5, 2007 03:18 PM

              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.

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                TexasToast RE: jfood Nov 7, 2007 03:43 AM

                Cool. So how was GR @ Claridges?


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                  jfood RE: TexasToast Nov 7, 2007 06:27 AM

                  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
                    TexasToast RE: jfood Nov 7, 2007 10:11 AM

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

                    Where's your Claridges review?


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                      jfood RE: TexasToast Nov 7, 2007 11:39 AM

                      Here's the link


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        Just One Bite RE: Just One Bite Nov 7, 2007 04:13 AM

        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.

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          klyeoh RE: Just One Bite Mar 18, 2013 04:04 PM

          Gordon Ramsay @ Claridges calls it a day:

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            zuriga1 RE: klyeoh Mar 18, 2013 11:00 PM

            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: zuriga1
              klyeoh RE: zuriga1 Mar 18, 2013 11:15 PM

              The irony of it, zuriga1 :-D

            2. re: klyeoh
              PhilD RE: klyeoh Mar 19, 2013 07:42 AM

              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.

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              brokentelephone RE: Just One Bite Mar 19, 2013 02:01 AM

              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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                PhilD RE: brokentelephone Mar 19, 2013 07:46 AM

                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.

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