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Dion – St Pauls, London

Dion – St Pauls, London

Date: 4th July 2019.
Time: 12:15
Venue: Dion, St Pauls, London

Menu:

To Share: Sourdough Baguette with olive oil and balsamic,
Olives

Main:
Grilled goats cheese salad with baby beetroot, pea shoots and roasted pine nuts.
Seafood Risotto (king prawns, mussels and squid.)

Drinks:
English garden gin cocktail

Review:

After finishing a business meeting, we decided to pit stop for lunch before heading back to the office.

We seated ourselves outside as the venue is perfectly situated to eat your meal looking at St Pauls. An excellent location.

Service was swift and we quickly ordered. However, we had our sharer starter and main and drinks all delivered in less than five minutes; not quite at the same time but so that we couldn’t eat the bread first. The waitress also forgot to bring out the olives and we had to ask again.

Call me cynical but I am suspicious of businesses who serve dishes so quickly, I feel like they have been sitting just waiting to be scooped onto a plate.

Sourdough Baguette with olive oil and balsamic and olives:

The olives were nice; seasoned and a good mixture of green and black served in a small pot.

The bread had seen better days. It was hard in the way bread goes when sliced and left on the side for slightly too long. The oil had barely a dash of vinegar in and we had to ask for some to be brought to the table to make the ratio acceptable.

Grilled goats cheese salad with baby beetroot, pea shoots and roasted pine nuts.

This was a very nice dish. Drizzled with olive oil and with plenty of goat’s cheese it was very tasty and there was plenty of it. The salad was fresh and the cheese soft. I was very happy with this.

Seafood Risotto (king prawns, mussels and squid)

This dish had a good amount of seafood and was well seasoned, however the squid was rubbery and the mussels gritty. The rice itself had a good bite. There wasn’t too much on the plate, always a danger with risotto. Overall it was pretty average and not particularly appealing.

Three words to describe this meal – Well presented, average

Would you recommend to a friend – I’m not sure. The salad really was lovely, as were the cocktails but the rest of the meal was decidedly average. I would consider returning but not for lunch.

Totals:
Service 7/10
Venue 8/10
Value for money 6.5/10
Quality of produce 6/10
Presentation 7.5/10
Taste 7/10
Wait time 9/10

Overall score 6.5/10

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