The Wolseley // St James’s // London

Part of the Rex Restaurant Group, it is difficult not to know about the Wolseley when you’re surrounded by London hype.  Superb flagship of the group (other locations including the Delaunay, Beaumont Hotel and more recently Zédel) and one of the most recognised locations in London, this self-styled café-restaurant inhabits the showroom of the 1920s car manufacturer Wolseley Motors.

Be prepared to be wowed by the decor and astonishing quality of the service, which sometimes reaches royal levels.  The table setting is also magnificent, with silver everywhere; the Wolseley is London classic chic.  Filled with glamorous on-trend people, it’s a must-be-seen place for a quick Saturday lunch.  However, don’t go for dinner and expect a high level of creativity; simplicity and quality and the focus here.

The menu and its contents look like they have been lifted out of a Victorian restaurant.  A selection of crustacea – including oysters and shellfish makes an appearance.  Les plats du jour include duck a l’orange and coq au vin on Saturday and Monday respectively.  Boiled salt beef and grilled halibut also add to the eclectic selection.  One thing that they do particularly well is the humble eggs Benedict; one of the best Hollandaise sauces in London.

Somehow the concept is very similar to The Ivy.  Due to the wide variety, the food suits everyone’s taste.  And incidentally, most things go well with one of their bloody Marys, which are perfectly done.

The only draw-back perhaps is that it is not cheap, though quality comes at a price.  It might be the perfect place to take your parents, who, if you’re lucky, will be happy to pay for the experience.

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