I took all of your recommendations seriously and here is where I ate:
Simpsons in the Strand
Old London Pub (i think it's called)
Le Coupe Chou
So first off Fifteen
Fifteen is a restaurant setup by Jamie Oliver which is a charity restaurant that helps underprivileged people learn a trade, all money goes to charity so I figured If I'm spending the US equivalent of 500$ on a meal, might as well go to charity! (i heard good reviews as well)
So they have a casual bar upstairs and a dining room downstairs...both open kitchens...all young staff for the most part. While I felt pressured to buy a pre-dinner drink at the bar while our "table was being prepared" (I was put off by this as clearly it was an early reservation in an empty restaurant, and this seemed to be a "Scam" they pulled on everyone that had a reservation)
But, when seated our waiter was EXCELLENT, I thought, man, after this guy, no way my girl is going to marry ME. It was a fixed price tasting menu, 5 course for 60pounds a pieces (130 US each approx) and we opted for the 40pound wine paring.
Started off with some bread, olives and some meat (tasted like salami only 100x better) it was awesome. next up was chaimpane, with an amuse bousch (sp?) included in the meal, but not one of the courses, of scallop with pomegranite and something else "beads" on it.....now, you all know I have this thing with sea-food, but man, I've never had a single bite of food that tasted as great as this...(ok, I have, but you get what I'm saying!) it was VERY good. Also, the sommelier was just awesome. Then I moved onto the first course, which I had
Beautiful mozzarella di bufala Campana with blood oranges, speck, mint, funky winter leaves and aged Belazu balsamic
Laurie had some sort of Crab over tomatoes (not sure and can't find it on the menu)
both were excellent.
then went the rest of the courses, I had gnocci and laurie stuck to seafood I believe...
service was still just excellent and a very casual...I guess I could describe it as "happy" atmosphere where the young staff just really were excited about working....which is something you don't see in the US often.
Laurie didn't care for the panna cotta dessert, I liked it....she just doesn't like the texture and taste of pannacotta to begin with not sure why she ordered it.
All in all GREAT meal, one of the best ever for us, laurie said atmosphere and service was better than the food, albiet the food was still very very good according to her, not worth 500USD, but if the dollar was even, and the bill came to say 200, it was VERY worth it...
I had the pork dish for main.
she had, Turbot? (fixed thanks!)
pre-dinner drink + 5 glassed of wine/champaign's we were a little tipsy.
Oh yeah, at the restaurant is where I surprised her with tickets to paris for the next morning.....she almost cried.....but had no clue what she was REALLY in for the next day...
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I'll review the other restaurants when I get back from dinner tonight :) stay tuned....