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The Zetter (London)
Member Name: robvr6
The Zetter (London)
Advantages: some great dishes, and good service
Disadvantages: can be hard to find, could be expensive at full price
I decided to book a table at The Zetter a few months back after seeing it appear on the Masterchef series as one of the venues that the finalists have to work a lunch service at, and seeing some of the dishes that they produced.
I booked a table for dinner through toptable for a friday night, for my fiancee and I at 7pm, and after a simple booking service through toptable, i recieved a phonecall from the restaurant on the day to confirm and also to say that they look forward to seeing us later that day. It was a nice touch and i have to say i appreciate the gesture from restaurants, even though i am aware it is not just for my benefit.
We got a bit lost after leaving the tube station, and i had to call and advise them that we would be a little late, and ask if they could direct me. The receptionist was very helpful, and told me that it wouldnt be a problem holding the table.
When we arrived, I realised that the Zetter was also a hotel, and was a little concerned that maybe the restaurant was going to be a little under par, I was very wrong.
We took our time ordering as there were lots of tasty sounding dishes to choose from, and although they offer a set menu, we went for the a la carte option as toptable offered a 50% off food deal. Whilst we waited our very friendly waitress brought some fresh bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which although a little salty was very tasty.
For my starter I had their signiture dish, which is Garlic-roasted prawns with chorizo, sweet potato and glazed pork belly. I saw this dish on the program and really wanted to try it, and I was so happy i did, it was incredible.
For mains i had the Rib eye steak, which although good, wasnt quite as impressive as the starter, it was tasty, and well cooked (medium rare), but a little tough for my liking.
Dessert was another joy, I went for the Valrohna chocolate cake with berry compote, and it was intensely chocolatey and very sweet.
We ordered a middle of the range white wine with our meal, and if I remember rightly it was around £19-21 and quite good, which isnt a bad price for central London.
The bill came to roughly £65 which I was happy to pay, although if I had not recieved the 50% discount I might have been a little underimpressed, as there are other restaurants that would have far outshone this one for the full price.
The service I recieved from start to finish was of a very high standard, and of course I tipped accordingly. The receptionist was also very helpfull. Another thing I liked was that the kitchen could be seen from where we were seated, and the hardworking guys in there were clearly professionals, and good at their work.
A very pleasant overall experience, and although we didnt use it, there is also a comfy looking moderista bar that would be good for a few cocktails. if you can get a discount on toptable, which they are still offering, then it is definately worth a visit.
Summary: Overall a good experience