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Tasting menu: 6 courses £75

A gastronomic voyage through British waters

Offer valid until Sep 30 2015

The team behind South Place Hotel – D&D London – understand their City clientele. Smooth service is always required, as is a reliable and consistent dining experience. As such, their fine dining restaurant on the sixth floor (they also have a more affordable brasserie, South Place, on the ground floor) is never going to be the most daring restaurant in London, but it makes up for this in technical excellence and professionalism. 

The bevy of greeters may direct you past the wine wall to one of the understatedly monochrome tables, or in good weather, the slim outdoor terrace (no bookings are taken for this, it’s first-come). The à la carte is for expense-account diners, and there’s no shortage of these here. By comparison, the set menu at £27.50/£32.50 for two/three courses, seems good value.

Ingredient quality and cooking skill was impeccable in everything we tried, from a creamy ‘potted salmon’ layered under a cucumber and apple jelly, to a succulent piece of cod with brown butter, tiny capers and a copper pot of buttery mash.

Our only criticism is that the presentation of some of the dishes takes 'deconstruction' a step too far. Their expression of a waldorf salad – delicious though it was – had so many ingredients strewn across the plate it looked more like a Jackson Pollock canvas than a starter; even a simple risotto was garnished with a crash–landed fried courgette flower, candied orange and strips of both sweet pepper and courgette. But the texture of the rice was faultless, with just a hint of 'bite', and other details, such as just-baked and perfectly moist financier sponges brought with the bill, ensure that the restaurant’s regulars keep coming back.

Venue name: Angler
Contact:
Address: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place
London
EC2M 2AF
Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10pm
Transport: Tube: Moorgate

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Beth

Completely delightful. We went as a group of four. I would definitely recommend the A La Carte menu, with the stand-out dish for us being the Daily Special Fish Mixed Grill. This was fresh, beautifully cooked and very tasty... (the fish velouté was particularly scrumptious.) The service was truly fantastic. Staff were attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. We were even given complimentary rosé port (which was delicious) to accompany our cheese board. Well worth the money spent, will definitely be returning.