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Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Door, The City

City types could use some good news, what with Bloomberg warning of bears on the prowl.  . Well, here's some. You'll pay less than than the price of Turnbull & Asser double cuff for a cocktail, champagne and oysters at the elegant curved bar at recently remodelled surf and turf restaurant, The Door, sister to a similar operation on Cornhill. Unlike its animated but acoustically clattery neighbour, the Grand Cafe at the Royal Exchange opposite, you won't have to shout like a panicky trader in meltdown mode to make yourself heard above the hubbub either.  A short cocktail list - priced from £8.50 - punts martinez, pear and rosemary martini, the trader (tequila, cinnamon, ginger and orange bitters) and Cornhill fruit cup, a turbo-charged take on Pimm's. A request for a French 75 elicits a less than confident response from our bemused bar man, so perhaps stick to the list’s two champagne cocktails. At £16, the imaginatively presented special offer of a flute of house Le Mesnil Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs champagne (normally £10.50) and half a dozen plump briny bi-valves that includes fine Essex Blackwater wild oysters is a City deal to jump on. That's a buy order. 

33 Cornhill, EC3 7929 1378