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“Highly conceptualised food from a modern master” - AA Inspector
LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's View
Something rather extraordinary lies in wait behind the sober façade of this Grade II listed townhouse in Mayfair. This is a dining room that sets the pulse racing: with its lavish red, pink, orange and gold colour scheme, padded cream leather walls and all-round air of theatricality, it's a suitably unforgettable spot for some ground-breaking cuisine. The menus – à la carte and tasting – reveal dishes of complexity and imagination, in fact the lengthy menu descriptions can only hint at the mind-boggling extravagance of what you’re in for. The skill of this kitchen is beyond question: the French modern master Pierre Gagnaire still devises all menus here, with head chef Johannes Nuding aiming to encompass a dizzyingly wide range of ingredients and techniques in a multitude of small plates. An opening salvo, ‘Italian Spirit’, comprises thin slices of veal fillet with Nocellara olive oil and Cremona fruit mustard, then stracciatella with tomato marmalade and wild fennel seeds, followed by smoked raw gambero rosso prawns, black Venere rice and parmesan, and a final fusillade of potato gnocchi with osso buco jus, Parma ham and Taggiasco olives. Yep, it’s a lot to take in for sure, but the result is a beautiful progression of complementary flavours, appealing textures and visual impact. The way the components work together produces an undeniable alchemy in mains too – a duck workout might bring a whole roasted salt chamber-aged bird with Szechuan peppercorns, tamarind jus, pistachios, a medley of radishes, turnip tops with horseradish, and duck foie gras terrine. Desserts follow a similar multi-faceted route, guided by an intuitive understanding of flavours: choose a theme – ‘Almost Spring’, say – and a riot of little dishes ensues: a volley of Yorkshire rhubarb preparations, then early season strawberries served as a Pavlova, followed by asparagus bavaroises and tips with tarragon, and a finale of lemon parfait coated in almond paste.
Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 50
- Private dining available
- Steps for wheelchair: 32
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1.45
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 10
- Wines under £30: 3
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 73
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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