Sorry to see so many poor reviews of this place. We've been three times - we didn't book the first time (a Thursday evening) but got fitted in anyway, and have been careful to book other times. I agree with other commenters points about the downstairs bar being a little slow service-wise, and the loos being badly placed, but each time have had a really pleasant evening with great food. I've never felt rushed over table-turning as you'd hope for and expect in a neighbourhood restaurant, and have particularly enjoyed some of the starters - especially the foie gras on brioche - delightful. The scallops are delicious too. The wine list is great, we found a lovely Austrian Gruner Veltliner which we'd enjoyed on holiday and was equally good here. Second time I was there the very friendly maitre d' noticed we'd ordered the Gruner again and sat at the table with us to discuss wine choices, offering us a taster of other things on the wine list he thought we'd enjoy - needless to say we returned pretty quick and enjoyed the wine recommendation with our next meal. We'll be going back soon
I see other posters have commented negatively in comparison to Joanna's where we have also enjoyed two really nice meals, but both restaurants offer different things, and am glad they are both a shortish walk from our house. If you've not been there before, I'd take friends or a date I'd like to impress to the Exhibition Rooms, but take in-laws or my husband for a nice anniversary/birthday to Joanna's. There's room for both I think. And damn I wish we had anything like as nice near where we are on the borders of West Dulwich/West Norwood/Gipsy Hill - CP is a 20 minute walk for us, the only plus side is the time to walk off those starters and a final drink in the Gipsy Hill Tavern and/or The Paxton!