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Nov 19, 2008 07:02 AM

I have £200 to spend on lunch for two. Where should I go?

So, my Granny died earlier this week after a very long illness. She didn't have much money, but she has left me £200, which is a good amount to spend on a slap-up lunch or dinner in her memory. She liked to have fun, did my Granny, so I think she would approve.

At the moment I'm leaning towards Le Gavroche or the River Café, but I'm open to suggestions. It goes without saying that I want to go somewhere special. Help me Chowhounds!

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  1. River Cafe. I think the set lunch at Le Gavroche is only £50 a head (including some wine) so save it for another day.

    3 Replies
    1. re: PhilD

      inmho river cafe is just about the most over rated restaurant i've been to in a long time. but why not helen darroze at the connaught? now you're talking.

      1. re: howler

        Definitely River Cafe. Why Helene Darroze? Have heard fairly mixed reviews so wouldnt be worth the risk?

        1. re: pj26

          of all the fancy schmancy places i've eaten at in london, helen darroze has been easily the most exciting.

          as for river cafe ... i can eat better at an auto stop in italy.

    2. Other ideas to consider: go to a more "regular" place (I'm thinking something like Arbutus in terms of price range for food) and use most of the money to get a great bottle of wine. For example,a stunning Rhone from 1990 is doable, e.g. a Domaine de la Janasse Chaupin Chateauneuf de Pape; you might even be able to score a half bottle of '83 Ch. Margaux within this budget.

      Or go for truffles, apparently this a good year for white truffles.

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      1. re: limster

        for £200 on lunch if youre a canny shopper you can pretty much go anywhere you like !
        The river cafe is definitely de rigeur at the moment , but i reckon you can get the same quality at zafferano for lunch at half the price .
        I would recommend Ambassade de ille for a real spend . Its extremely expensive but the dishes are remarkable . Infact ive never tasted meals of that quailty in London , you have to go to the continent to beat the food . At lunch youd easily come within your budget but i reckon you could just about squeeze it at dinner too , even if you had to top it a tad .

        1. re: millema

          I disagree about Zaffs. Mains have always disappointed there.
          Pasta-wise I have had a mixed bag.
          All that said, there current menu does read deliciously.

          I am glad you mention Ambassade. I have long championed this spot.
          However, I find, speaking to others, they either love it or hate it.