DIARY: Let's do lunch

Quirinale - Reviewed by James O'Keefe, executive director, Good Relations Political

Quirinale occupies the original site of the Victoria Club, a long-standing Westminster eatery. But a wide choice of pasta, meat and fish has since replaced the lamb sandwiches the club used to offer. The dining room may lack the opulence of its namesake, Rome's Presidential Palace, but is light, airy, and has a business lunch buzz.

Quirinale is good but not great. The warm welcome, attentive service and balanced dishes are a little let down by the presentation.

The venison carpaccio had a delicate texture and strong flavour, but the accompanying hill of leaves had some time the night before passed away, which posed a question about overall attention to detail.

The veal Osso Bucco sauce had that moonscape microwaved look, but it tasted very good, as did the stuffed quail, which had a fresh herb aroma.

For dessert the menu directs diners to a selection of Italian cheeses.

A good innovation, but those long-suffering leaves appeared again, and the cheese, while promising much, was a bit tired. Riesling to start and, with the cheese, a Pinot Negro, were good and very reasonably priced.

Quirinale is a welcome addition to Westminster and a big improvement on its neighbour, the Atrium. It is not just one for when the client's global chief executive is in town.

Where: Great Peter Street, London SW1P

Contact: 020 7222 7080

How much: £27 for three courses

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