This outlet (the original is in Farringdon) is a mere cork’s pop from Oxford Street, yet completely removed in spirit. Set on a villagey parade of upmarket shops, it repeats the successful Farringdon blend of wine bar, restaurant and shop and adds some new ideas.
One is a feasting table, where groups of five to nine people can enjoy sharing dishes such as slow-roast shoulder of mutton. But you can also come alone, order a prosecco (from the tap) and enjoy bar nibbles.
We opted for a three-course meal with matching wines, a great way to experiment. Denbie’s Surrey Gold (yes, that Surrey) worked well with smoked eel, leeks and lovage dressing; more striking was the thick, honeyed vin doux from Samos, Greece, served with rhubarb jelly, palmier and vanilla ice-cream.
The cooking was mostly terrific, with hot, double-crusted meat pies (pork and prune, say, or mutton and oyster) a highlight.
Wines are always brought before the food to allow time to savour, and served with brief comments from staff. If this sounds pretentious, rest assured it’s not – Vinoteca is classily relaxed, a place that makes wine buffery fun.
The smart-casual crowd of carefully matured groovers who’ve flocked here since November 2010 confirm it.
15 Seymour Place
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.45pm Mon-Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Marble Arch tube|
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I was there for lunch on Sunday. Such good value, good food and the service was first class. The menu changes daily, you get a recommended wine pairing with each dish. Absolutely beautiful.
Good, good, good. You can nearly miss the entrance, but inside it's a lively place. Genuine food, very cool staff, efficient service and quite an interesting selection of wine that you can also take away with you (in case you want to continue partying at home).