THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES Andaman Restaurant
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THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES Andaman Restaurant Restaurant Review: THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES TO SEVEN PARK PLACE BY WILLIAM DRABBLE. The 18-month refurbishment of the hotel by Thomas Althoff has brought a small gem to St. James’s. The restaurant is a series of small rooms decorated with silks, wood and touches of chinoiserie. Originally the inspiration of Dieter Müller, one of Germany’s top chefs (of Schlosshotel Lerbach in Germany), the kitchen is now in the capable hands of Philipp Vogel but follows the same haute cuisine style. Starters might range from a dish of marinated slices of Aberdeen Angus with wasabi-crème brûlée to baked langoustines with banana, avocado and chilli vinaigrette; risotto and sea scallops with black pudding and pearl barley appear on the menu rather oddly as “Intermediate”; mains might include halibut with sea scallop crust and asparagus, and fillet and belly of pork with cauliflower and bread dumpling. Some dishes are more a balancing act than others, but all show a steady, skilled hand. Desserts range from chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream to a series of “Classics.” Service is as smooth and as professional as you could want. The wine list is very expensive and could do with some more modest mark ups, but this is unashamedly posh dining and very good too. Set 2-course lunch £15.50, 3 courses £19.50; set à la carte lunch and dinner 2 courses £35, 3 courses £44.