I went in a party of six for dinner last Friday. We were really excited to go there, especially as the firm was paying, but came away for the most part disappointed. Yes, this place is convenient for the theatre district and you will be served swiftly, however at this price I'd rather take my time and not be rushed. We were hustled through from before dinner drinks to coffee in 90 minutes. And for the coffee we were asked if we would mind moving to the basement bar! This actually turned out to be quite a nice seating area and much more comfortable than the round table we were squeezed around in the front window. The two of us next to the windows could barely fit and spent the whole meal fussing about trying to be comfortable and avoid having the table digg into our stomachs. The proximity of tables in this place is fine for a quick luncheon, but not very enjoyable for an evening meal. Don't think that at these prices intimacy can be assured. The portions were too small for the prices being charged. Dishes, especially anything with fish or salad were heavily buttered, oiled, and salted. Indigestion soon set in. I started with scallops (which were perfect) but the rocket salad dripped. Three scallops and a lump of rocket was £14.50! The skate wing I had to follow was so drenched in butter you could hardly taste the fish. Thankfully the crisp white wine and champagne jelly cleaned the palette eventually. The roast potatoes and chips were nice, but the potatoe puree was just too buttery and garlicy and left you feeling ill. For the most part the vegetables were far too drenched in butter to truly enjoy. With one before dinner drink, starters, mains, dessert, two bottles of less expensive wine and two coffees we were charged just over £50/head. I think next time we could get more for our money elsewhere. Not convenient for wheelchair access to the toilets. We witnessed one patron carefully carried down an awk
ward flight of stairs to the ladies room in her chariot with some difficulty. The staff were very efficient, but did not seem too concerned whether we were happy or not. I would not recommend this to a friend, and would advise they spend their money elsewhere.
The Nico in Incognico is chef Nico Landenis, and this restaurant is the equivalent of an off-the-peg range by a well-known fashion designer! It's handy for the theatre and Soho, though from the outside looks like an office. The interiors people were obviously into wood-panelling and mirrors, and there is an overwhelmingly 'tasteful', slightly drab atmosphere. The menu is 'brasserie' style with a range of substantial starters (open goats' cheese ravioli, grilled baby dover sole), mainly straightforward mains, and delicious puds (Nico's famous ice creams, thin apple tart, champagne jelly). There are no veggie main courses (tut tut!) but there are a range of starters. It's a pleasant experience - from the yummy bread to the olive tapenade served free - though the staff are sometimes rather glum. The food itself was tasty, with side orders of vegetables a particular highlight. There are some reasonably priced wines, and the cooking was good if a little unambitious. But the hype about this place being the new location for the media and arts set seems OTT - we couldn't see anyone famous when we went. Glamorous it ain't - but it's convenient and congenial.