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A very special evening
Member Name: Edwina Irvine
Date: 11/11/00, updated on 11/11/00 (48 review reads)
Advantages: smart, professional service
Disadvantages: still a little stuck up
I must say that I was a little dubious about going to rules for dinner... expensive restaurants have always suggested to me a complete waste of money, and when I found out that Rules was the oldest restaurant in London, i was worried that it was also going to be the most off-puttingly posh.
I was lucky enough to be invited to a private party on one of the upper foors. In my brief visit downstairs I noticed very smart people being turned away as the restaurant was fully booked - it was not however, crowded, just comfortably cosy.
We were led up several secret winding passageways and creaky staircases, all of which decorated in atmospheric artefacts. the entire Restaurant smelt of the wonderful aromas of fantastic cooking from many, many years that had all been lingering in the hallway to make you as hungry as physically possible.
The room was furnished with a grand fireplace, a huge dining table, a private bar with bottles of every drink you can imagine, and our own foreign chappy to pander to our every whim, and very lovely he was too!
The meal was a set menu and I would really rather not try and think about how much it cost (aargh, just think about how we got to work on that open bar). the first course was the more-or-less standard (as far as i can tell by looking at expensive menus) foie-grais, not something that i had any particular want to try... but nibbled slightly just to please my boss.
The main course was venison, a meat to which i was new, served with a potato rosti and redcurrant sauce. but the pudding... oh yes, the pudding was to die for. chocolate orange mouse more fantastic than anything you have ever tasted!!!!!!!!!!!! Followed by a huge wall of biscuits and a cheeseboard that makes you sweat just looking at it... we we treated to our own entire stilton!!!!!
The service was incredibly polite and patient (considering a large group of blokes (and little old me) getting steadily drunker and row
dier as the night progressed). I must also say, I have never been to a restaurant with your own private miniatures of molton brown cosmetics in the loos!!!
I enjoyed it but i probably won't be going back unless i get a considerable pay rise.