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Morgan M


I booked a table at Morgan M for my 25th birthday, 2 months in advance. I asked a few friends to join me on this special occasion.

What happened:

When we arrived, the pompous staff were condescending becaue I did not forewarn them about bringing my 3 month old baby. Bad form and nothing was mentioned on their website...

About the menu, to cut a long story short, as a group, we weren't given any choice in the menu, and despite our expressing reservations, and in some cases open but polite disagrement, we HAD to go for the 'Surprise menu', a 6-course menu which intends to accomodate everybody's taste, but which clearly doesn't...

The majority of the dishes were too sophisticated for the Chef's skills. The meal started with a Roquefort cheese mousse in a cold beetroot soup, adventurous at the very least... The second dish, by French standards a culinary heresy, cold game terrine with unfortunately toasted pain Poilane, lacked in finesse and was clearly not gourmet. The desserts however were good, although they were not served in the right order. The richest came last, and nobody could finish it, and both were "au chocolat".

As some of us are French, we chose our wines carefully, opting, inter alia, for safety with the red: a Pomerol, which turned out a bad choice as its bouquet was overwhelmed by the alcohol.

Total price: just under £80 per person, drinking moderately.

My advice:

Do not go there as a group, you will NOT be able to choose your menu. The compulsory 'Surprise menu' will have been decided, and already prepared if not cooked, before you arrive.

To conclude, dear Morgan, you are a good patissier (although Collignon beats you hands down). There are more than 200,000 French in London, many of which now have budgets to risk your cuisine, and who expect a bit more from a French 'gourmet' restaurant, including better trained staff.

Thursday, November 15, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 5 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 2

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