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Restaurants & Bars

West Street Restaurant

Robin Majumdar | Sep 27, 200107:18 PM     10

The estimable Simon was stricken with a bug so I decided to take up the the booking and his mantle but spend twice as much as normal (hurrah!).

I started with Oysters and house champagne, which is a bit of a no-brainer, but I enjoyed my neighbouring table's argument about native and non-native oysters. Unless the restaurant advertises the oysters as native assume they're rock - easy. I doubt that these people could taste the difference anyway but bs rules sometimes.

The main of sucking pig was succulent but needed a bit more crackling and maybe another slice. The sides were pushed by the waiter but not necessary as it came with borolotti beans. I lucked out on the wine - a '96 from Santa Barbara. I sent one bottle back, the second was passable but I couldn't finish it. Could this be down to the storage method i.e. upright in the main dining room ?

Good Illy espresso and Californian Moscato Grappa finished off the evening. Service was pretty good but this was mostly down to an ex-KP employee who seemed on the ball. Otherwise I think it would have been stretched. Prices were very reasonable (i.e. less than Eyre brothers). Decor was not easy on the eye - too many shiny lacquered surfaces.

Go there while the the prices are still reasonable.

Robin

PS If you were the turtle-necked bloke trying to impress your colleague at the table next to mine, you know nothing about food or Spanish wines.

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