8 Theberton Street
Tel: 020 7704 9089
Date of Last Visit: Friday, June 8th, 2007
The Vicitms: Feathers, Matt
The Damage: £35?
The Background: Feathers and I headed over to The Albion for some Proseco, and were greeted by a very rude bartender who really wanted to charge me £36 for a £22 bottle of Proseco. He made me REALLY angry. His argument was that the bottle goes for £36 in Chelsea. My argument was that the menu clearly stated that the bottle–vintage and all–was £22. I won, but he was a real jerk.
But I digress. We were hungry. Matt arrived from a conference down the road, all about the Internets, and I told them about Mem & Laz and how fun it looked. And then we had some more Proseco, which in hindsight, was not the best of ideas.
The Entrance: Mem & Laz is cute and it reminds me of Sacre Coeur, which is right next door so maybe that’s it. I love the lights hanging from the ceiling.
The Starters and Drinks: We get some hummous and it is served with delicious bread. And then we get 1/2 bottle of white and it’s perfect. It’s served in a carafe and I am very happy. Not enough wine is served in carafes in London.
The Mains: I go for the spinach filo and salad and it’s just what I needed. Feathers gets a lamb dish that is so delicious I am still jealous 24 hours later as I write this. Matt gets the lamb special–the one in the puff pastry–and to be honest, it is only average. Actually, it’s less than average. It’s plain. But it’s just lamb and pastry. Needed some salt.
The Verdict: Loved the atmosphere. Felt the service could be friendlier and more knowledgeable. Might go back, if only for the pretty little lights.
If I were them…
1. I’d give away free pastries with the bill.
2. I’d serve tap water with lemon slices. Or maybe cucumber.
3. I’d be friendly with my guests.
4. I’d make sure the servers could describe all the food and knowledgeably recommend dishes.