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Le Cercle

One can only assume that those reviews that said the portions were "too small" missed the point of Le Cercle or were American. Or both. It is a tasting menu. The portions are meant to be small.

The atmosphere is friendly and informal with a good buzz. The alcoves are cosy for couples or small groups, and the main tables are well spaced. Thankfully the over-bright lighting that afflicted the place for a period has gone.

The cocktails are epic, as well as being served in perhaps the best pre-meal bar in London - cleverly lit, semi-isolated from the diners, cosy and extremely chic, this is one of the few places where being stood up for an hour is actually a pleasure.

The food is exquisite. All the dishes are carefully and beautifully presented. The ingredients are obviously very carefully soucred, and the menu is very skilfully crafted. Every dish from the apparently mundane to the rather exotic has its own quirks. Simply outstanding.

The wine list is extensive and excellent, and although not cheap there are one or two bargains lurking.

Service is (usually) first class - relatively informal as befits somewhere with a pretty relaxed atmosphere, but not overly so.

Le Cercle is not cheap, but given the quality of the food, it is not at all expensive. In my opinion it is some of the best food in London, and well below the prices of its rivals on that basis.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

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