The newly converted Just St James used to be the most expensive bank in London and following its revamp the building remains impressive.  Its ornate interior which contains sweeping staircases, marble columns, raised terrace seatings and large balconies is certainly aimed to impress the business client and with its extensive menu they have catered for all tastes.

Just St. James

From Butternut squash soup to braised ox tongue and foie gras there is an eclectic mix of starters available.  For the main course too, there is an equally wide selection, ranging from Dover sole and seabass to gnocchi.  I would highly recommend the angus fillet steak which came with an appetising foie gras butter. Likewise, the comprehensive wine list with its varied choices (it even includes some English white from the owner’s vineyard,) manages to appeal to all palates, although the Brazilian Miolo Chardonnay seems to be a favourite. 

The average bill will probably be £40 per person and there is also a set menu which offers a three course meal for a very reasonable £24.50. 
 
Whether it’s for breakfast, afternoon tea or dinner, Just St James doesn’t seem to have missed a trick, and has even included live music on Saturday nights to attract visitors outside the working week.  However by catering for such a wide audience I feel perhaps they have missed out on the unique spark which makes a restaurant more personal.  Perhaps it will prove more successful for lunch than dinner, when a more competitive air kicks in.
 
Although you cannot fault the restaurant on service and quality, it seems to lack character and the huge 700 capacity space gives it a slightly austere and formal feel.  Yet, it might be exactly what you need after a hard day’s work and it’s certainly worth a visit to decide for yourself.

Open for

Lunch from 12.00 – 15.00 and

Dinner from 18.00 – 23.00

12 St James Street, London SW1A 1ER

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