Salieri is decorated in a very theatrical style. Reds and golds, with tapestry covered booths (and waiters) and chandeliers, the outside of the restaurant has gold looking "draperies" around the entrance. It might seem a bit kitschy but in fact, the food was quite good. We went there because we were staying at the Strand Palace next door and were just getting back after a long day trip out of the city. It was the easiest place to go rather than go looking for a restaurant and we didn't want to eat in the hotel. Too easy, that. The staff seemed a bit circumspect but later on our waiter actually did joke with us. I think he'd just had a cranky customer to deal with elsewhere. Most restaurants in the Covent Garden area have pre-theatre set menus for convenience and service is fairly quick though they won't rush you either. The music playing was all classical (and not all by the composer, Salieri, by the way).
Favorite Dish: We had the set menu, with a nice homemade coriander soup of the day. Mom had the ravioli and i had the chicken topped with ham and buffalo mozzarella. Dessert was amazing. I had pannacotta and mom had tiramisu, which we shared.
Not booking a table for 7 in the week before Christmas in central London is not a good idea. Most restaurants that are any good are completely booked up at this time of year so when we found this place... empty apart from a bunch of office girls having their Christmas works bash, we were slightly worried. Yes they could seat us all, "No problem! come in! Sit down!!" said the lovely east European waiter. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating, pushing tables together and helping with coats etc.
The decor is ... somewhat garish. Given that it's situated in the Strand, opposite The Savoy Hotel, it's trying to have a theatrical feel... but it just misses the mark somehow and looks a bit tacky. Nonetheless the food was fab and we were all very happy with our meals.
They were a bit too keen to push their Christmas menu on us - until we insisted on seeing the normal lunch menu - but this may just have been a bit of a language problem - I shall give them the benefit of the doubt as they were so nice :)
Even though we went on a quiet day, you would be advised to pre-book as I'm guessing it get's packed prior to the start of shows/performances in the nearby theatres as there is also a small cocktail bar within the restaurant itself.
Favorite Dish: This restaurant is listed as "French" but seemed to have more of an Italian menu and is varied to suit most appetites. Crusty bread rolls and crudities (olives, carrots, etc) and dips were provided prior to our starters. Apart from the Italian dishes they also do standard British fare such as roast lamb, fish and chips etc. I had the crayfish starter followed by cannelloni with spinach and riccota cheese. Other members of our party had asparagus soup, spaghetti, salmon and new potatoes etc etc. We had 2 bottles of Chardonnay to wash it all down.
The bill came to roughly 22GBP/32E per head for two courses plus wine.