This Covent Garden fixture reopened in spring 2013 after a major refurbishment of its grand, imposing premises (Grade II-listed and formerly a casino). Everything we ate during our weekday lunch was excellent: two starters from the carte and a couple of dishes from the set lunch. Two clichés of London’s American restaurant scene, caesar salad and crab cakes, were flawlessly executed. From the set lunch, beef carpaccio was top-notch yet almost overshadowed by a main of blackened salmon with ‘jambalaya risotto’. The flavourful rice showed real understanding of cajun seasoning – rare in London – and the flavourful fish was properly blackened while remaining juicy within. You can pay serious money for steak or Maine lobster, but the Martini Bar serves relatively inexpensive meals. The pre- and post-theatre set menu is a bargain, and brunch offers everything from granola to ribeye steak. Service is confident and competent, and the wine list is a welcome rarity for places of this kind: ignoring expensive trophy bottles, sharply focused on offering quality at every price range, starting from around £20. Many American-style restaurants have popped up since this venue opened in 1991. They still have much to learn from Christopher’s.
18 Wellington Street
|Opening hours:||Bar Open/meals served 11.30am-midnight Mon-Wed; 11.30am-1.30am Sat; 11.30am-10.30pm Sun.Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Brunch served 11.30am-3.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 5-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 5-10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden tube|
|Price:||Both Main courses £17.95-£68 Set meal (5-6.15pm Mon-Sat) £16 2 courses, £22 3 courses|
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