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Murano

Restaurants, Italian Mayfair
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A Mayfair restaurant from acclaimed chef Angela Hartnett.

Angela Hartnett, one of Gordon Ramsay’s original lieutenants (see also: Marcus Wareing, Jason Atherton), opened this smart W1 Italian with Ramsay back in 2008, quickly picking up a Michelin star and buying out Ramsay’s share two years later. It’s Mayfair-swish, but not stuffy. Though there’s an elegant colour scheme – all tones of mushroom and oatmeal – with plush carpet underfoot and raw linen on tables, the lighting is also flatteringly low, the tables widely spaced (so there’s no need to whisper), and the wooden sides of the leather armchairs comfortably worn.

As for the food, it’s outstanding. Red meat and pasta are strengths: from slices of venison with crushed cabbage, an intense jus and a copper pan of cheesy gnocchi, to beautifully al dente parcels of tortellini in a nutmeg-speckled parmesan sauce. On a recent visit, the star dish was a pecorino ‘fondue’: baby potatoes cooked three ways, then set on the edge of a silky pool of cheese, scattered with caramelised leeks and crisp balsamic onion.

The menu is refreshingly flexible: you choose anything from two to five courses from across the individual section (pasta, fish, meat etc). And even if you go for the cheapest option, you’ll get all the same freebies: exquisite amuse-bouche, three kinds of bread and a plate of cured meat to kick off, plus pre-dessert (a dinky tiramisu, say) and a plate of petits fours (like chocolate fudge and biscotti) to finish. Just don’t go in a hurry: service can be slooooow.

Details

Address: 20 Queen St
London
W1J 5PP
Transport: Tube: Green Park
Price: Three-course dinner for two with drinks and service: around £200.
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Tastemaker

Despite it's mayfair location, Murano is not one of the stuck-up or poncy places that one might be accustomed to for the area. It is a gem of a restaurant and I am just wondering why I never went there earlier! The service from the front of house all the way to Angela Hartnett herself is top of the line. I have literally never seen more personable and down to earth people in a fine-dining establishment that boasts michelin stars! Angela herself offered to hang up my friend's coat and she even stood outside in the rain after the meal to flag down a cab for another couple! I have NEVER seen a head chef do that ever.


Besides the top notch service, the food is of course excellent! There is no faulting the level of thought and excellence put in to creating each dish. And to be honest for the quality and the area, the prices are extremely reasonable. I was left so satisfied and happy. I have already pencilled in a few more dates to return! 

tastemaker

Angela Hartnett is a genius. I was taken to Murano for lunch as a surprise 30th birthday treat. It was absolutely incredbile. The set lunch menu was so good, the flavours were just amazing. The star of the meal was definitely the rhubarb pudding. Wow!


I was recently very lucky to spend a night at the Chefs Table in the private room at Murano for a family gathering.


The night started with Lambrusco Rose while they placed multiple different appetisers on the table to share. We had parmesan crisps (to die for!), olives, a variety of dips, arancini balls, cured meats and bread. This was followed by a choice of four options for each of the three courses. I chose mushroom gnocchi for entrée, pork belly for main and vegan chocolate mousse for dessert. It was all delicious and the vegan chocolate mousse didn't taste vegan at all!


One member of our group was vegan and they created a special menu for all courses just for her which I thought was great.


It was an honour to spend the night in the private room at Murano and if the chance ever comes up again I wouldn't hesitate in going back.

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