Chucs Bar & Grill

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A spin-off from the yachtwear shop next door, Chucs is pitched at Mayfair's ultra-wealthy residents, who will happily spend £165 on a pair of lilac men’s swimshorts, or £150 on a women's long-sleeved t-shirt. The interior continues the yacht theme with staff wearing nautical uniforms, right down to gold-braided epaulettes, while photographs of the picturesque port of Positano and other gilded holiday destinations adorn the walls.

Mayfair isn’t the place to come looking for a bargain meal of course, and Chucs is no exception, with an Italian and continental menu where a starter of grilled vegetables costs £15, or a main course of octopus salad weighs in at £29. But there was no faulting our dishes: the Italian staff in the kitchen turned out a fine seafood tagliolini, studded with baby clams, tender octopus and freshly-made pasta. A small side of caponata (£5) was also exemplary, the aubergine correctly soused with sweet and sour notes; but the the £4-a-head cover charge (for bread and radishes) an irritation.

Chucs is a likeable place, but given the size of our bill we had hoped for more efficient service; on our visit, the staff seemed to be barely coping with a not particularly busy lunch service. 

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Chucs Bar & Grill says
Chucs Bar & Grill, a classically styled bijous restaurant in the heart of Mayfair serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, opened its doors in July 2014. Led by esteemed Roman chef, Alessandro Verdenelli, the Bar & Grill offers a hearty Italian-transatlantic menu of classic favourites, delivered with the highest quality service. Think veal milanese, taglioni cacio e pepe, a house cobb salad and pizza bianca with truffles, all washed down with their signature martinis. The interior of the restaurant is designed to feel like a yacht; warm and intimate with wood panelling and navy leather banquettes. The street-side tables beneath a grotto-blue awning finish off the relaxed Mediterranean feel.
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Venue name: Chucs Bar & Grill
Address: 30B Dover Street
Opening hours: 7.30am-11.30pm Monday-Friday; 9.30am-midnight Saturday.
Transport: Tube: Green Park
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100

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I loved Chucs B&G! Having been a fan of the swimwear for the past couple of years, I was so excited once they announced they were launching a new restaurant to open, and it hasn't disappointed. The food is exceptional and the interior is stylish, and reminds me of those halcyon days in Portofino.