Wednesday, February 9, 2011

21 Club-Restaurant Review

I recently went for dinner at the '21 Club' in Midtown West.  It is a really interesting restaurant, with 2 dining areas, private dining rooms and a cocktail lounge.  We ate in the 'Bar Room', which is the main restaurant.  It is a really quirky dining room with lots of American paraphernalia hanging from the ceiling.  You can also eat in 'Upstairs at 21' which is a more intimate setting seating just 32 people. 

The restaurant has a dress code of no jeans or trainers and everyone was dressed smartly.  I saw a few cocktail dresses and many of the men were wearing suits.  We went on a week night so I am guessing people dress up even more at the weekend!

We booked our table via the restaurant website and as a result received a complimentary cocktail on arrival.  You are required to leave your credit card details when making a reservation as they do not overbook, which means no waiting for your table and actually getting seated on time.

The food was excellent, we chose to eat from the restaurant week menu (which they are still offering until the end of February) and enjoyed the calamari to start followed by delicious pork belly.  Although I was full, I still made room for some of the red velvet cake which was just lovely.  They offer an extensive wine and cocktail list and the Sommelier is on hand to give advice if required.

The staff were very attentive and efficient.  Our food was served at a good pace and we were always being topped up with wine and water. 

We did not have a drink in the cocktail lounge, but it looked quite busy when we left.  It had more of a mature feel to it, but there was a mixture of ages enjoying drinks at the bar.

The whole place had a feel of a private members members club and I will definately be going back.  I would recommend this restaurant and I hope you get the chance to give it a try. Visit their website at http://www.21club.com/ for more information.

Happy eating!

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