Great Portland Street - Marc Joss Review

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Number of Visits: 
2 - 5
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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The Great Portland Street branch opened on Wednesday and I made it there for my second visit on a quiet Saturday lunch time after a very busy lunch on the first day when the branch was open to the public.
The front of this branch is not as aesthetically pleasing as others and has a rather bland look. Once you step inside, however, different story. There is a range of comfortable sofa seats with vivid red stools opposite them. Some of the walls show remains of the old bank which used to be here but most are dominated by striking artwork and colourful images.
The queue on opening day was rather long but Saturday lunch time was much quieter and relaxed! Food arrived promptly and was just as expected. I was satisfied with my half chicken and large chips on Saturday but my 2 peri chips on Wednesday left me able to finish off my friend's chicken as I was far from stuffed!
As for the area, Great Portland Street tube is a 3 minute walk away and the wide range of shops on Oxford Street are less than a 10 minute walk away.
Staff made us feel welcome and took an active interest in the website. We look forward to going back soon!

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