Sunday, 30 March 2014

CAFE MURANO, 33 ST JAMES'S STREET, LONDON SW1A 1HD

This weekend we indulged in some rustic Northern Italian food at Cafe Murano - sister restaurant to Michelin-starred Murano, and opened by chef Angela Hartnett in November 2013.

We were one of the first guests to arrive for the evening - 5.30pm being the only time available to book as we just made a last minute decision to reserve the night before.
The place had a calm and welcoming feel to it, with warm shades of brown leather sofas and dark timber tables. Passing by the elegant marble-topped bar, we were shown to our table in a nice quiet corner at the back of the room.

 


 

Whilst waiting for our orders to arrive, we were served some focaccia and olive oil dip. The olive oil was really fragrant, my dining partner was happily dipping her finger in it to get more of its oily goodness.


Dining early has its perks, as all our orders were served promptly and simultaneously, both of us eagerly waiting with knife and fork ready in hand.

| Warm octopus, chickpeas & pesto |

This was probably my favourite dish of the evening - the octopus was deliciously tender and full of flavour. 


| Morels, pumpkin, speck & wild garlic gnocchi |

A recommendation made by our lovely waitress that didn't disappoint us - the gnocchi had a soft and fluffy texture with nice smoky flavours from the morels. 

 

| Rabbit & courgette risotto |

Well cooked to a creamy consistency. I do love rabbit, but honestly I still wouldn't be able to distinguish the difference between chicken and rabbit meat if I was ever put to a taste test...


| Lamb T-bone, aubergine, tomato & green olive |

Tasty and well marinated, although I would have maybe preferred it to be slightly more rare and pink.

 


| Tiramisu |

Going for one of my favourite classic dessert choices.

 

| Pannacotta, rhubarb |

Smooth and creamy pannacotta, topped with sweet and crunchy caramelised nuts. The rhubarb was just slightly too sour for me.



Overall, we had a very pleasant evening - simple and comforting food, and warm and attentive service.


Address: 33 St James's Street, London SW1A 1HD
Tel. No.: 020 3371 5559
Opening hours: 12:00-15:00 ; 17:30-23:00 (Mon - Sat)

The Cheekster, signing out x

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