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20 Mount St, London, W1K 2HE
12:00 - 22:30
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Following a complete refurbishment in 2007, this new addition to the Caprice group now has a new interior inspired by the restaurant's heyday, but with a contemporary twist. Designed by Martin Brudnizki, the oak-panelled restaurant is a large, elegant room featuring rich burgundy-leather banquettes and an exquisite chandelier designed by Patrice Butler. The floor is of oak chevrons with a chartreuse-green marble-mosaic fan motif around the impossibly glamorous bar, which has a green onyx top with a stingray-skin-covered front and a mix of brushed-brass and polished-chrome details. In keeping with the restaurant's history, the menu comprises traditional fish and seafood, as well as game when in season.
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- Happy Hour
- Vegetarian Dishes
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"Sorry you can't take photos in here," he said. And that was that. I suppose I could have sneaked in a couple when his back was turned but as I was with company and not paying for the meal I didn't want to risk any more embarassment. So you'll have to take my word for it that the menu was exhaustive and mouthwatering, the food perfectly presented and the decor sufficiently sumptuous.
We had decided upon sharing a "Seafood platter for two, £28". The waitress decided that this would be too much and instead suggested a seafood platter for one, to share. Which begs the question - if the seafood platter for two is too big for two, why not just make it smaller, and similarly if the seafood platter for one is too big for one, why not call it the seafood platter for two? On the itemised bill this eventually appered as "Seafood platter for 1, £28". Something fishy going on there, in more ways than one. But quibbles about the pricing aside, this was a spectacular huge tray of oysters, whelks, clams, cockles, langoustine and prawns, with a huge half a crab in the middle. All of it was at the very least well cooked; the crab meat was creamy and delicious, the whelks meaty and fresh, the langoustine plump and juicy. Only slight disappointment were the prawns which weren't anything out of the ordinary but never mind. Oh and I can't vouch for the oysters either as after a couple of near-death experiences I've decided I'm allergic to them and won't risk it again. But they didn't go to waste so I'm guessing they were good as well.
My main was a Dover Sole Meuniere, and was heart-stoppingly superb. Maybe Dover Sole is always as good, I can't remember the last time I had it, but this was rich and meaty, packed with flavour and presented with unapologetic simplicity - just the fish itself, on the bone, on a plate. Lifting the lovely solid flesh off the bone was an absolute joy, and I felt a tremendous sense of loss once I was finally just left with the cartoon cliche head and tail. Not cheap of course - this was about £28 from memory - but worth every penny I (ahem) didn't pay for it.
So after a final furtive glance around the room to check I hadn't missed the arrival of a royal entourage or hip hop star, we stepped back out into the cold London night and it was all over. I can't pretend I'm not lucky to have been treated to such an extravagant meal, and I fully admit this may have clouded my judgement somewhat. But I do know that the food at Scott's was cooked expertly, the setting was as glamorous as you'd expect in this part of town, and I'm pretty sure I'd have very little to complain about if I went again under my own steam. Which I fully intend to do.
I've eaten their twice – the first time was a relaxed Saturday lunch where service was excellent and unobtrusive and the Dover Sole was probably the best I've eaten in town. More recently I was there on a weekday lunch and the place was packed – unfortunately the staff seemed unable to cope with the rush and we ended up waiting for an hour between ordering and our first course. However, the food was still first rate (the morelle risotto was fantastic) and the manager was apologetic and comp'd us our coffee and deserts.
The fact that some of the tables are quite close together also caused a bit of a problem.
If you're feeling flush or have a generous expense budget (the place is not cheap) this place is worth a visit.