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AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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High-gloss venue for sharply etched Italian cooking

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The single-width frontage on a side-street off Piccadilly, with its café chairs outside, looks a deceptively ordinary affair, but abandon any preconceptions, for Angela Hartnett's restaurant is one of the reference venues for sophisticated Italian food in the West End. Inside is a different kettle of fish altogether, with thick carpets, mirrored and marble surfaces and modern art providing a high-gloss backdrop to the culinary enticements. Well-pitched service is faultlessly efficient, with just the correct note of informality, ensuring everybody feels at home. The seasonally changing menus, including a top-value lunch carte, deal in sharply etched cooking of verve and energy, with simple but effective contrasts of flavour and texture throughout. Start with a serving of smoked eel, its meaty richess offset with semi-dried tomatoes, the pungency given lift with horseradish emulsion, or there may be grilled citrus-cured salmon with asparagus and blots of lemony crème fraîche. Main course might be a demonstration in how far to take an accompanying flavour without achieving overload: a welter of orange – compôte, torched segments, a purée of the burnt fruit, orange-braised baby fennel – add up to a harmonious supporting chorus for a sublime piece of succulent pork belly, the whole prettified with a flutter of nasturtium leaves. Fish might be hazelnut-crusted brill with a raviolo of prawns. At the end comes a sparingly topped apple tarte fine with salt caramel and thyme ice cream, or a luxurious pistachio soufflé anointed with hot chocolate sauce, worth the wait.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 11

Chef

  • Chef(s): Angela Hartnett, Oscar Holgado

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European, Italian influence
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 250
  • Wines by the glass: 22

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £28
  • 3-course lunch from: £33
  • 2-course dinner from: £55
  • 3-course dinner from: £70
  • Tasting menu from: £80
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 46
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • Off-site parking available: Carrington Street NCP

Getting here

Nearest train station

Green Park
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