Let's do lunch

The Institute of Directors' Brasserie Grill Reviewed by Tim Arnold, managing director, Arnold Group.

One of the attractions of working in the corporate communications industry is that the PR lunch is still a mainstay of generating mutually beneficial client relationships. And I can see no better way to munch your way to business success than at the Brasserie Grill.

Unfortunately my selfless devotion to marketing has led to a bulging waistline, so I've belatedly joined Dr Atkins' devotees and shed around 35 pounds. I was pleased therefore that plenty of protein-rich, carbohydrate-free fare was on offer at the Brasserie.

Miraculously, we got the best seats in the house in the oak and glass panelled snug. You could cut the Victorian charm - and the succulent rib eye steak - with a knife. Pleasingly, there was the option of moist English cheese for dessert.

Your humble correspondent was unable to sample the sumptuous wine list on Dr A's orders. So I dragged along Richard O'Brien, comms director from Amicus, to step in. He obligingly declared the house claret to be a perfect marriage for the Elwy Valley Rump of Lamb.

A touch of champagne socialism? Not really, although a tube of fizz will set you back £50.

Where: 116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED Contact: 020 7839 1233 How much: £60 a head including wine

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