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But I digress, and to get back on topic; a friend mentioned it recently, so I thought it warranted another look. I’m glad I did, because I can see myself going there a lot more. This former banking hall from the early 1900s has a certain grandeur that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere (although, seeing as I missed this being practically on my doorstep, I am open to suggestions!) Situated over three levels, with the mezzanine and basement sections set up for private functions (the Slumdog premiere party was held here a few months ago,) the focal point of the venue is on the ground floor. The sizeable bar and restaurant setting is reminiscent of the old Atlantic Bar & Grill, for those that remember. Similarly, the crowd is well heeled and represents a sizeable section of the surrounding hedge fund and finance community, along with a smattering of the local fashion & media crowd. Early evenings tend to get quite busy and there is a lively atmosphere at the bar and adjacent seating area, with plenty to choose from a varied and extensive drink and cocktails list. The restaurant serves breakfast from 7.30am – 10.00am and afternoon tea between lunch and dinner service (3.00pm – 5.30pm.) In charge of the kitchen is owner and executive chef Peter Gladwin, who has created a simple but interesting Modern British menu. I took an artist friend there for dinner and we were both impressed with the quality of the food. I started with a warm honey roasted vegetable salad with orange and

thyme dressing and my dining companion ordered a venison Carpaccio with walnut, beetroot dressing, mustard and cress. Both dishes were beautifully presented and tasted superb. For the main course I had free-range chicken breast with tarragon Mousseline, braised black cabbage and roasted chicken jus, which was cooked just right: tasty and very filling. But the biggest surprise was the fillet of sea bass my friend ordered. Grilled to perfection, it was absolutely delicious. Naturally I took a bite and the only other time I tasted sea bass this good was in a restaurant in downtown Chicago. We couldn’t really muster up the courage to try out the desserts, as we were quite full, but on the insistence of the waiter we ordered the Valrhona chocolate fondant with Seville orange & vanilla sauce and Macadamia ice cream. Well – let’s just say the lady was very pleased with the waiter’s insistence… My only comment about the whole experience would be that the service could be a little more polished, especially as the restaurant wasn’t that busy when we got there. However, the food more than made up for it and with the bill coming to approximately £35 a head, including a glass of wine, it represented very good value. I would definitely recommend a visit. AR

Just St. James 12 St. James’s Street.SW1A 1ER 0207 976 2020

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Mehek Indian Restaurant

45 London Wall, Moorgate London EC2M 5TE Telephone: 020 7588 5043/7588 5044 Facsimile: 020 7588 5045 Email: Website:

If you are one of them, then you'll find Mehek has been created especially for you, where fine dining is truly exquisite, and where sumptuous cuisine and some of the world's finest wines are served in exclusive surroundings. After all, your parties and events are too precious to be left to chance, and too important to expose to indifferent service or inferior food standards. So isn't it time you came on board?

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Some of the acclaims for Mehek: Multiple times winner of the AA Rosette Awards, winner of the British Curry Awards, BCA no.1 in the City, Best In Britain Awards, Safety Thirst, City of London Safer Pub & Club Awards, TopTable Gold Award, and numerous recommendations by restaurant guides, newspapers and magazines.


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