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Thursday, September 28, 2006






THE WOLESELY: DOING THE BUSINESS

If I am ever asked which is the most beautiful room in London restaurant land, the answer “ The Wolesely” scampers past my lips without a nanosecond’s hesitation. It is glorious and perfect for the clientele it attracts

It is, of course, harder to gain entry to than a nun in a chastity belt, but well worth the effort when you can get a table. The food is really rather good. Classic dishes prepared well. The service, being filched from The Ivy, is exemplary and it really is not that pricey.

This was my fourth visit and my first for a simple business breakfast.

I arrived a little early and asked for a table of two. The host was charm itself and asked if I would mind waiting in the bar for five minutes and supping on a juice as the place was chocker. As soon as I said my first name he realised my friend was already there and at a lovely table so I did not have to wait.

The breakfast menu is pretty comprehensive ranging from the most fantastic looking pastries to a full English along side a wide range of teas and juices all at very reasonable pricing.

I, coming fresh from a 15 mile run, went straight for some protein in the form of some exceptionally well made scrambled eggs with perfect smoked salmon. My friend just had a small portion of Eggs Benedict. I tasted a bit and could easily have finished hers and mine. Simple breakfast dishes prepared to perfection. What else could you want?

Well, I actually had some zingy carrot and ginger juice too and a slug of my friend’s Earl Grey.

I was being treated so have no idea what the bill came too. I am certain however, that I will be back soon on my own nickel.

Gots to get me some of those pastries
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4 Comments:

Anonymous simon darwell-taylor said...

Oh please, usually I can expect you to be impartial, informative and original. Hell, I went to Oslo Court because of what you wrote, but now, what the hell has happened to you? I went to The Wolesely from the off, I use to go there every Saturady morning for breakfast with my new born son, and, yes, it was something special, but for the last 2 plus years, it's been SHIT, so shit that I have long ago given up on them despite the offer of free meals. The service at best is patronising and the food okay to good, but no more. I am so sodding angry that you continue to treat this average place as restaurant royalty. Although I agree with
you, the decor is lovely.

Thursday, September 28, 2006 10:54:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

There are probably much better things in life to get angry about Simon ( great name BTW)

I think it remains lovely.

Did you enjoy Oslo Court?

Thursday, September 28, 2006 11:12:00 pm  
Anonymous Ben Bush said...

After my first visit, shortly after it was rashly placed in the world's top 50 restaurants, I never thought I would be sticking up for The Wolseley. Nothing actually terribly wrong on that occasion (and of the eight of us I did particularly well with my garlicky snails and Weiner Holstein) but certainly nothing to justify its lofty accolade. We ended up complaining about the inattentative service and actually having to suggest what we thought fair recompense would be. I think we settled for comping our first bloody Mary and bucks fizz round. Maybe we should have been bolder...

I've been back a few times since, though, largely because the menu and the execution seems to fit certain moods and certain times of day so perfectly. I love the fact that you can eat plain boiled eggs with soldiers in such sumptuous surroundings. And I have rarely been disappointed.

This isn't one of the 50 best restaurants in the world - even the official survey doesn't claim that any more - and it probably isn't somewhere to go every week. But for an occasional treat or a break from the shopping it definitely hits the spot.

Thursday, October 05, 2006 9:51:00 am  
Blogger AngryMan said...

I will have to disagree with you, there are few better things in life worth getting upset about more than people who aspire to be average.

That said, yeap I sure did love Oslo Court. You were spot on there.

Thanks for the shout out on the name, but I can't much credit for that, given to me at birth.

Actually I got an idea, why don't you start inviting visitors to your blog to join you for supper from time to time?

Just a thought

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 8:07:00 pm  

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