As a rigorously disciplined shopper and serious business luncher, there are two factors I always take into account before booking a restaurant.
The first is the proximity to shops - will I have enough time either side of eating to buy something? - and the second is: will I get a big bowl of something scrumptious?
Hurst House satisfies both these criteria, being within a lash's curl of girlie emporium Pout in Covent Garden, and serving delicious dishes of wholesome, belly-filling fodder.
A generous portion of beautifully fresh ingredients combined with the egg-rich pasta was served by one of the friendly staff who gave us a conspiratorial smile when we continued our carbohydrate orgy by ordering the heavenly chocolate and custard baked pudding.
The cuisine is an innovative range of international influence churned out in a candlelit room full of intimate alcoves - perfect for planning and plotting your next campaign.
The convivial owners of this members-only club, the actor Neil Morrissey and businessman Matthew Roberts, ensure that - unlike some of the more austere places nearby - HH remains a truly delightful place to eat and drink, either alone or with clients.
Where: Hurst House, 15-17 Mercer Street, London, WC2
Contact: 020 7240 6131
How much: Around £30 per person