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Dec 13, 2012 07:57 AM

Theo Randall at the InterContinental

I found what sounded like a very good deal for this restaurant, but I can't find a mention of it on Chowhound or Zagat.

Is this place out of business or horrible or something else?

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  1. hi,
    not sure what deal you got...
    in my experience, lots of deals fail to live up to expectations because the restaurants tend to serve a restricted menu or try to count petit fours as a course etc. so i often just pay full price instead of feeling scammed and getting annoyed.

    anyway, it's a decent italian and in a nice environment, though not the best

    a copy paste of my March-12 review is below (ratings out of 10):
    I had heard many positive things about Theo Randall, so was looking forward to trying it out. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed with the food (given the positive things I had heard about it), although it was still commendable, and the service was lovely, in dramatic contrast to Zafferano, which we had dined at just two days prior.

    Insalata di granchio / Fresh Devon crab with Florence fennel, dandelion, celery, trevisse and Sardinian Bottarga (6.5) - The portions were reasonably generous and it was tasty pverall. To nitpick, I would say that there was a very slight hint that the crab was previously frozen, and I thought that the creamy dressing somewhat overwhelmed the taste of the crab.

    Spaghetti con Aragosta / Spaghetti with Dorset blue lobster, San Marzano tomatoes, parsley and fresh red chilli (6.25) - I found the spaghetti slightly too al dente for my taste, and the lobster was slightly overcooked and tough.

    The setting and ambience of the restaurant was pleasant and elegant, and the service was very professional.

      1. FWIW, the restaurant has a score of 6 in the usually very reliable Good Food Guide which will put it just outside the Guide's top 50 places in the country (as other 6's make the top 50) .

        1. I thank each of you. I'm not sure why I couldn't get a hit on chowhound's search engine; I did try at three different times.

          The deal I found was for 3 courses for 33 pounds, as late as 7:30 for dinner, which I like better than the usual early dining deal times. This was on the restaurant's own website.

          I am going to investigate the Good Food Guide.

          Thanks again.

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          1. re: debkurt

            you didn't find it because none of the reviews were on Chowhound originally :)

            yeah that sounds quite reasonable. i guess they are serving a restricted menu (lunch-style) at a marginal premium to what would be a lunch-type pricing (don't know what their set lunch pricing is)

            they certainly had a lot of availability when we went there, so this deal makes sense for them.