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Le Palais du Jardin

I chose Le Palais du Jardin as the special meal for a day out for a friend's birthday. Having read a number of reviews and concluded that most people only seem to write one when they want to complain, I resolved to review the place whether I liked it or not, here are my conclusions.

First of all, most of the complaints here seem to be about the service. When I was there it was a Thursday night and there were around ten tables, so the staff were under no pressure and I have no complaints about the speed of service at all, in any case, I think many of the below reviewers are expecting a bit too much from a busy central London restaurant. On the other hand I have to say that, with the exception of the very welcoming manager and host, the staff were uninspiring, I didn't feel especially welcomed or cared about by them. They did leave me to finish my wine at the end of the meal without badgering me though, which was nice.

The food was excellent, exactly what I would expect for the price, although my main course, the halibut, was a slight waste of halibut, a very delicate flavour, with a very strong sauce, but very tasty nonetheless.

The atmosphere was nice and airy and impressive enough that my friend gave a sharp intake of breath and a giggle when she realised we were eating there. Needless to say, I was satisfied.

In all I would say great food, run-of-the-mill service, no better, no worse, and an excellent atmosphere, I would recommend it to a friend on a quiet night.

Saturday, January 05, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5

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