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Alys Tomlinson
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If you’re accustomed to the clash and clatter of hard surfaces in modern restaurants Murano may come as a shock. Plump upholstery, crisp linens and warm leather ensure a sumptuous, serene setting for a meal that draws as much on French fine dining as Italian staples. Chef-proprietor Angela Hartnett pops out regularly to chat with obvious regulars, diners linger long over numerous courses and pricey wines, and waiters glide silently between tables ensuring that service is impeccable.

It’s a winning combination when the cooking is as assured as Hartnett’s. Dishes are in tune with the elegant surroundings. Crab tortelli was perfectly proportioned, its pasta springy and filling delicate. Almond purée was the inventive accompaniment to heartily dense roast sweetbreads. Creamy borlotti beans featured in a filling, chunky chowder of Cornish haddock, sweetcorn and clams, yet the combination did not cloy the palate.

To finish, a light yoghurt mousse sat prettily alongside vermillion gariguette strawberries. The set lunch menu is a bargain for a special occasion; come often enough and Angela might start stopping by your table too.


Venue name: Murano
Address: 20 Queen Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6.30-10.45pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Green Park tube
Price: Set lunch £25 2 courses, £30 3 courses. Set meal £50 2 courses, £65 3 courses, £75 4 courses, £85 tasting menu
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Jonathan Von Roth

Unlike most fine dining restaurants, Murano is a very personal experience due to the chef/proprietor Angela Hartnett, who brings a wealth of experience to the trade.She learnt her trade at the feet of her grandmother and Italian aunts who instructed her in the age old traditional preparation of Italian food.Her family coming from a rural part of Italy, taught her that food and eating are to be enjoyed in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a quality which she brings to Murano. This is what distinguishes Murano from the surrounding area's restaurants. If you want to enjoy top quality food in a warm friendly atmosphere then Murano is for you. Angela's team built up over a number of years works together seamlessly under her direction to make your dining experience one to remember.Often Angela will leave the kitchen to welcome diners and to chat with them continuing the informality and warmth of her Italian forebears.This is why Murano stands out from many top class restaurants in London's west end plus exceptional food and attentive service.Recommended.