I and Lieutenant No.4 (see the Gallery), went to Murano in Mayfair on Easter Saturday. It was a typical Bank Holiday and I was looking forward to Angela Hartnett’s cooking as a panacea to the depressing weather.
Unfortunately she wasn’t there (apparently a rare occurrence), but the food was still truly delicious. I started with the Nettle Risotto topped with a deep fried Frogs Leg, which was surprisingly tasty for such a little limb. This was followed by the Monkfish with chicken wings, again a small item but beautifully cooked and very tasty. The menu and cooking style is Italian and the portions are quite hearty. I felt full but was persuaded to have the Souffle as it was going to be ‘so light it had no calories’!! It was as described, light and caramel in flavour served with mint Chantilly Cream, which I had to place in the middle of the Souffle. OMG it was so tasty and very rich but I managed to eat most of it – I think there was an abundance of calories. It was an Easter Egg treat to myself!
The wine suggested by the Sommelier was a Timorgasso, which is a Gavi and a superb wine. Expensive but a real treat and went well with the food. All the wine is unusual but expensive and I’m sure will be a delight for the most jaded palate.
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly without being intrusive. They seemed to be genuinely concerned that we had a good time. It’s just like an Italian ‘family run’ restaurant but with plenty of style. The decor is very tasteful with muted tones of Armani ‘Greige’ and the disabled toilet is behind a Venetian glass door and very glamorous. Everything is accessible and the permanent ramp at the entrance is not too steep , although no hand rail for a stick user. A minor point and it’s not very long.
Going to Murano is a lovely experience and deserves 3 BBS Ticks.