Indian restaurant Moti Mahal's interior - consisting of whites, coppers and rich leather - is surely enough to relax even the most highly strung client.
Just down the road from Covent Garden Tube station in central London, it is well located for anyone who is looking for something that is slightly different from the usual Italian or French dining experience. And the restaurant interior provides a talking point, courtesy of the glass-encased, yet sound-proofed, kitchen.
Alternatively, if you follow the lantern-lined wooden staircase and you can sit in one of the basement booths. With a copper-topped bar displaying an extensive whisky selection, there's plenty to talk about down here, too.
The menu itself has traditional classics juxtaposed with various innovations. Vegetarians need not worry, as there are plenty of options away from the norm. Dishes such as griddled sea bass and braised lamb shank are light and tasty.
I always find it's worth chatting to a waiter to avoid missing out on one of the specialities. Moti Mahal's original restaurant, founded in Delhi over 60 years ago, created the tandoor clay oven, in which its London counterpart still prides itself.
Where: 45 Gt Queen St, WC2B 5AA
Contact: 020 7240 9329
How much: £40