Hardy's Brasserie, W1U 7NH
- 020 7935 5929
- 53 Dorset Street, W1U 7NH
- noon-3pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm Mon-Fri; 6pm-10pm Sat; 12pm-3pm Sun
A small, traditional restaurant and wine bar tucked away round the back streets between Baker Street and Marylebone High Street. The atmosphere and menu are suitably upmarket for the area.
Kat visited with her parents on a Friday lunchtime in May 2012, having booked via Open Table. The restaurant was fairly quiet (presumably due to its secluded location) when we arrived but became more busy by 2pm. The staff were friendly and attentive, and happy to answer questions about the menu and wine list. The beer selection included a handful of unusual Belgian bottled beers but nothing exciting on draught. Wine is available in carafes as well as by the glass and bottle.
Fresh bread was brought to the table with our drinks. Our starters (around £7-£8) were fine, and plentiful (slightly too much crab for the toast that came with it!). Kat chose the only vegetarian option for her main course: the aubergine/tomato and pilaf rice (around £14) was a little unexciting, but very filling. The fish pie was a true pie, arriving in a pastry-lined dish (with a pastry lid). Unfortunately the other of our main courses (pigeon breast) failed to arrive until approximately 20 minutes after the others. The staff were very apologetic, and the cost of the pigeon and the service charge were knocked off the bill without any prompting from us. Even so, the bill was probably more than I'd pay if I wasn't trying to impress my parents.