Murano

Restaurants, Italian Mayfair
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
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Alys Tomlinson

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.

 

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Venue name: Murano
Contact:
Address: 20 Queen St
London
W1J 5PP
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.45pm, dinner served 6.30-10.45pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Green Park
Price: Set lunch £28 2 courses, £33 3 courses. Set meal £55 2 courses, £70 3 courses, £80 4 courses, £95 4 courses
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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.