Gorgeous eclectic decor has really freshened up this beautiful old building and visiting the members upstairs area is reason enough to go to this welcome new spot. Malachite and jewel colours with leopard print and big doses of Afro chic make for a vibrant and convivial environment for an evening out. Very friendly staff and management greet you, cocktails are fab, and there's a great buzzy atmosphere.
Unfortunately, possibly due to a busy Friday night, the service was very inconsistent and some of our table's food was disappointingly lack lustre. We were rushed down to our table from starting drinks but menu's were not offered until long after we were seated and were asked to select our wine. The onion soup was bland, starter salad for the vegetarian very uninspiring, the beef bourguignon was fatty and far from a robust cassoulet, and the chocolate pear dessert was a meagre sliver of rock hard pear with 3 tiny blobs of chocolate. Food for the table was not presented at the same time and there was some confusion finding our things when we asked for our coats to be returned to us when leaving. Hopefully teething / training problems will be resolved as things get busier as the place is going to be very popular. Some of the other food for our table, like the gravadlax and steak (presented in cute small copper pans), looked lovely and was pronounced great.
I look forward to going back, perhaps for lunch, and hope to enjoy the promise of a meal more in line with our expectations from other reviews and the glamourous setting!
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