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3 Leicester Pl, West End, WC2H 7BP. Tel: +44 (0)20 7437 4556.

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      04.11.2002 18:58
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      Dinner at Cafe Apogee was the first stop on my friend's hen night (and it all went down hill from there). Location: The restaurant is very easy to find. We went by London underground, and got off at Leicester square on the Picadilly line. When you come out of the station, turn right towards the Hippodrome. The restaurant is situated down a side street between the Haagen-Daaz shop and the Empire Cinema. Restaurant: The restaurant consists of three floors and has a bar on the ground floor as you enter. We had the whole of the top floor for our Hen night (consisting of 20+ very loud women). The decor is very tasteful and has ambient lighting. They played a good selection of music (not too loud to be disturbing). Food: Large selection on the menu, but mainly Mediteranian cuisine. Wide range of starters ranging from Caesar Salad to Calamari, with prices ranging from £3-8. Good range of main meals too which started at about £6. There was also a chef's special which consisted of several starters, main courses, and desserts. The most impressive part of the menu for me was the large vegetarian selection. It always annoys me when I go to a restaurant and they only have about 2 vegetarian options-so I was pleasantly surprised. Drink: There was also a separate drinks menu with a wide range of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails and coffees/teas which should cater for anyone's tastes. Prices were also reasonable (surprising for central London). I highly recommend trying the Paradise cocktail, it had vodka and about 3 other spirits thrown in (but after having a two pint pitcher of it I'm afraid I can't remember the other ingredients-nor did I care!). Two pint pitchers of all cocktails cost £13.50. I'd also recommend trying a Jamaican coffee (also alcoholic). Service: The service was very good. It didn't take long for the food to arrive (which was go
      od since there were over 20 of us) and they didn't have any problems with the orders as usually happens when you go out in large groups. However, the best bit for me (and I think I speak on behalf of all the girls) was one of our waiters called Marco. Tall, lean, young, mediteranian and extremely handsome! WE were all quite happy to be served by him but we were even more pleased when he decided to perform a strip tease for my friend! 20 grown women went wild as he girated his hips, took of his apron and finally his t-shirt. Unfortunately the pants didn't come off (I suspect he feared for his safety by that point) but a very good strip tease nevertheless. Bad Points: The only bad point about the whole experience was the bill at the end because they over charged us. I think it was only a problem because our group was so big, but we did get 3 bottles of wine added to our bill that we hadn't consumed. We also had a mystery £20 drinks extras charge which they couldn't explain. Also, there is a 15% service charge that is NOT included on the menu prices. Summary: As a whole, I was very happy with the overall experience at the restaurant. The menu selection was good, the waiters were friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was very nice, and Marco was WONDERFUL! I highly recommend anyone to visit the restaurant, if only to get a glimse of Marco!!!

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