I always take clients somewhere I know and trust, so that I won't be let down by the venue. Guests feel much more valued if it's evident you've thought about where to take them. The Greenhouse in Mayfair is one of the best-kept secrets on the London restaurant scene, with some of the most professionally cooked and prepared food in the city, so I go there when I can.
I first went there in the dim and distant, and wasn't particularly taken with it. London is full of wonderful places, so a restaurant needs something special to make you go back. This just didn't seem to stand for anything in particular, but I went again about a year ago, after it had been revamped, and it was a real transformation.
The restaurant is in a mews. You enter through a Zen-like garden, with exquisitely lit decking and plants. Inside, it's elegant and understated.
The tables are widely spaced and entirely private, perfect for a business lunch where you want discreet conversation. The service is professional and charming; there's no-one telling you to 'have a nice day'. The food is extraordinary - every dish is faultlessly executed and beautifully presented. I recently had the most amazing first course: crispy langoustines with a cress salad and lemon sabayon. My guest had Limousin veal, served with bitter praline and salsify gratin.
Even though we didn't order dessert, we were given three shot glasses - one contained celery and apple on a bed of vodka jelly, one had mango and fresh pineapple, and the other a chocolate mousse with a caramel sauce.
These were irresistible, and really showed the restaurant's wit.
THE GREENHOUSE 27a Hay's Mews, London W1, 020 7499 3331, www.greenhouserestaurant.co.uk Three-course set menu £60 per head FAVOURITE DISHES Crispy langoustines Rump of Limousin veal
- Sue Farr is a director of Chime Communications.