Descending the grand staircase into Quaglino's restaurant is like closing your eyes and falling into a dream. Such is the warm and welcome from staff, that you feel quite at home in this glamorous Art Deco oasis.
Dinner's have always been a a favourite treat but it's my first lunchtime visit to try out Quaglino's 'Bury Street Soul Sunday' menu. Past experiences propel my expectation's sky high.
The musicians are already in full flow on the magnificent velvet draped stage playing Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy', a stripped back arrangement of vocals, keyboard and percussion. A soulful tinge is applied to Ed Sherman's 'Shape Of You', Stevie Wonder's 'Superstitious' and Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' as the dinner's tuck into an exquisite selection from Head Chef Piero Leone's fine menu.
The service is exemplary and today comes with a cheeky smile. It must be a Soul Sunday thing. Or maybe something to do with the two bottomless drink options - lovely dry prosecco or a delicious Bordeaux. No surprise then that as the afternoon progresses the chilled easy vibe gives way to a more upbeat mood with dinner's cutting loose to dance off the culinary delights.
"Please feel free to lift your voices and join us in song" says the well built lead singer as he launches into 'Stand By Me', before delighting everyone with the classic 'All Night Long'.
Friendlier service will be hard to come by and you really don't get many Sunday afternoon's like this, with all the staff clearly enjoying the music as much as the happy diners. 'Party Hard' and 'Can't Stop The Feeling' are so warmly received you'd be forgiven for thinking it was Justin Timberlake himself on stage.
If you're after fine dinning with a relaxed vibe, excellent cocktails and bottomless prosecco then come and have your spirits lifted at Quaglino's Bury Street Soul Sunday.
Check out the menu here