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Vincent Rooms

© Britta Jaschinski
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The Vincent Rooms is staffed, front of house and in the kitchen, by students training at Westminster Kingsway College, but they are overseen by experienced chefs and maître d’s, and they operate in a sophisticated, beautifully appointed venue with its own entrance. Sit at one of the well-spaced, plain wooden tables and look through picture windows on to Vincent Square, where the gilded youth of Westminster School have their playing fields. Keen, smart, faintly nervous staff soon appear to take your order. The Mod Euro menu reads well, and the prices, for central London and for food of this quality, are divertingly low. Small wonder local business people bring their togged-up clients here. The separate haute-cuisine Escoffier Restaurant offers a £25 tasting menu, but it’s the brasserie’s daily changing menu that attracts most custom. Start, perhaps, with crab and prawn bisque or salad of medium-rare mallard breast, handsomely presented with toasted oats and nuts, rocket and a few berries. A main course of grilled sea bass fillets was faultless, as was the accompanying creamy risotto, buttered curly kale and a slice of fennel in light tempura batter. The well-priced wine list adds allure, but it’s the eager-to-please staff that are most refreshing.

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Venue name: Vincent Rooms
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Address: Westminster Kingsway College
London
SW1P 2PD
Cross street: Vincent Square
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-1pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-7pm Wed, Thur. Closed June-Aug
Transport: Tube: St James's Park tube or Victoria tube/rail
Price: Main courses £8-£12. Set meal Escoffier Room £25 6 courses incl coffee

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JamesT

...had a lunch there today at the brasserie. upon entering, found more staff than diners, but soon there are more people arriving, many are the college staff i think. very spacious dining room, tables are well away from each other than you would expect in a commercial establishment. very friendly atmosphere with genuine services and smile from young students. nice food at a good price. will definitely bring more friends next time.