For a restaurant to be considered "destination dining", I believe it should be truly outstanding - food, wine, service, ambience. I had been looking forward to going to the Royal Mail for quite a while, now I understand the mixed reviews. In my opinion the degustation menu was good, but one can have just as good if not better at Rockpool, Tetsuya's or Quay. The service started fine, but halfway through, the wait between courses was very long. (There were only 30 people being served). The whole meal took 4 hours. Portions were rather large for degustation, the balance was not quite right, it was quite filling, specially the 3 desserts at the end. The wine selection I agree is outstanding - I haven't seen any better in all the fine dining places I have been to. Staff were well trained and efficient. Ambience was lacking, but this didn't bother me. It would have been nice if at the end of the meal Dan Hunter would have come out and greeted the diners. After all, dining at his restaurant involved a very long drive to get there plus an overnight stay! It was quite an expensive outing. Overall i would say it was good but not the ultimate dining experience I expected. Would I recommend it to friends? I don't think so.
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