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25Jan/050

Angela Hartnett at the Connaught

A week after meeting Laura, I had arranged a bona fide dinner date with her for September 20th 2004. Not knowing the restaurants in this town too well, I decided to go with the names I knew and find something that looked sauitably flash and impressive. I had a look around on toptable.co.uk and came across Angela Hartnett at the Connaught. The Connaught is a very upmarket hotel within walking of Green Park. The thing that turned me on to Angela Hartnett is that she is one of Gordon Ramsay's protege's. I figured one couldn't really go wrong with Gordon Ramsay, so I booked the table for 7:30PM. Upon arrival with Laura, I was very impressed with the venue. It is classic in every sense with lots of dark wood and heavy chairs. It is warm, ambient and impressive... in fact so impressive it might not be exactly the best venue for a first date, we do not afterall wish to overwhelm the lady on the first encounter. As it turns out, the first date was quite nearly a complete disaster. We sat there, for 5 stonily silent minutes, surveying the menu, no doubt with thoughts racing through our heads about finding something to say, anything to talk about. Fortunately, it did not take long, we made some excellent menu selections from a very impressive menu and much to my surprise, their very comprehensive wine list featured a bottle of Meerlust Rubicon 2000, which was duly ordered and readily, and somewhat greedily, consumed. The starters were perfection, the mains perfection and the desert, well, I almost shed a whole tear it was so good. Suffice to say, the night was a success, 4 months later we're still going to good restaurants and Angela Hartnett at the Connaught is still at the top of my list. Next time we may try out Marcus Wareing at The Savoy Grill.

The Connaught
Mayfair
London
W1K 2AL

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