Last weekend we travelled to London for a series of gastronomic and entertainment experiences, the first of which was Angela Hartnett’s restaurant Murano in Mayfair. You might remember Angela from the early series of Hell’s Kitchen when Gordon Ramsay fronted the kitchen up.
She’s worked with the inimitable Ramsay for many years – in fact he gave her her first job after she wrote to him begging for a job straight out of college – and now she has her own restaurant albeit part of the Ramsay group and oddly not having her name over the door. There are some that say she should cut loose from our Gordon, but that’s another story.
Anyway, Julie and I headed there for a Friday evening meal which lived up to our expectations and then some. The michelin starred cheffery was definitely in evidence and the place had real class. According to Giles Coren, the restaurant is styled like ‘an Adu Dabi hai salon’ which is highly amusing as it does have this weird 1970’s London vibe which is not unpleasant in a kind of retro riche kind of way. It’s only small and the staff were really on the case – we arrived early only to be presented with a green apple bellini (amazing) whilst our table was prepared.
that really did set the bar for a memorable evening. We opted for the tasting menu and let the sommelier (Patrick) select a couple of appropriate wines. At £75 per head, the tasting menu was worth every penny I can assure you (in the zone cost-wise to Anthony’s posh dining in Leeds, by the way). I won’t bore you with all the details, but the highlights were:
San Marzano tomatoes, Burrata Campagna – “tastes just like Italy” J said
Braised halibit, grapefruit and mint salad – zingy combination of flavours that shouldn’t work but did
Gressingham duck breast – to die for (and a duck did)
Pistachio Soufle, warm chocolate sauce – sensational taste and real table theatre. “Wow!”
Special mention has to go to the artisan cheese fromagerie. I’ve never seen a cheese table like it. I had a selection for an additional £8 that blew my cheese mind:
Cathare from Languedoc, St Felicien from Rhone, Cardo from Somerset, Camembert au Calvados from Normandie, Epoisses from Bourgoogne and the sensational Perazola Azul from Spain. OMG as they say. we shared this before desert and the recommended Rioja complemented them beautifully.
The service was impeccable all evening and even though we were the last people in the dining room (at 1pm) they weren’t trying to rush us off. A truly spectacular dining experience and one that I highly, highly recommend. It’s definitely a special occasion place and fellow diners were doing just that and the smiles on their faces told me everything. Save up and go.