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Dec 9, 2008 02:50 AM

Help! Client lunch in the West End

I need some recommendations for a client lunch next week - am getting desparate now as I have tried Wild Honey, Arbutus, Corrigans, St Johns, Bistro Galvin de Luxe, Quo Vadis - all are fully booked (teaches me for leaving it until the last minute)! Anyone have any other suggestions along those lines (French/British type food)?

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  1. I was going to suggest Andrew Edmunds on Lexington Street (not that I've been there tho') but a quick look at London Eating dissuades me. Sorry - no suggestion at the moment!

    1. I used for work for a french company and they LOVE going to Automat on Dover street. (its american)

      1. Within your cusiine list - Bleeding Heart, Cafe du Marche (next to the Malmaison), Scotts, Orrery? All been appreciated by clients in the past...

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        1. re: SpikeyD

          Great Queen Street - sister restaurant of the Anchor and Hope
          Hix- Oyster and Steak House, nr St Johns
          Relais de venise - Marlybone, no booking though so turn up at 12.45 instead of one. Have you tried the other Galvin?

          1. re: justmarried

            Tried all of those I'm afraid (and a bit nervous turning up with no booking with a client). Bleeding Heart and Automat also fully booked but might give Orrery a go. Thanks for all suggestions so far. Could be down the local Pizza Express at this rate!

            1. re: pj26

              alain ducasse at the dorchester is always undersubscribed for some reason , ok probably due to exorbitant prices . But at lunch its a relative bargain ! check it out and see for yourself .

              1. re: millema

                also L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon does great lunch menus but can be pricey otherwise, worth putting in a call? Bistroteque have opened up a restaurant over the christmas period, check out but i think it will probably be full. What about Smiths of Smithfield?

                1. re: justmarried

                  Despite being paid on expenses, Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon might be pushing it a bit! Bistrothque's Flash is fully booked, as is Smiths. Thought there was supposed to be a credit crunch on??!!

                  1. re: pj26

                    well i beg to differ , im sure orrery will be similar or more expensive than the alain ducasse lunch offer menu that includes wine , coffee , water , and 3 courses for £45 !

        2. Finally! Thanks for the suggestion for Orrery - managed to get a table there for lunch. After trying 22 other places (no exaggeration!)

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          1. re: pj26

            Glad you managed to find a place; interesting that so many places are full for lunch. Wonder how they're doing for dinner reservations, when people are more likely to be paying out of their own pockets... Be good to have feedback on your meal - I've not eaten there for a little while...