33 St. James's Street, London SW1A 1HD
Latest critic review: March 30, 2014
Although we had made a reservation well in advance and arrived on time, there was no table ready for us and the greeter started setting one up close the the entrance door. We asked for a table further in and one was found in the bar area. This was a somewhat cramped space with a constant flow of traffic. The food was certainly below the standard we had been expecting when compared to the main Murano restaurant, which we have always greatly enjoyed. A disappointment and it will be a struggle to get us back again.
Murano's Little Sister - In more ways than one....
Murano's little sister in more ways than one:
The food was very good. The cicheti were all fabulous, in particular the whitebait and pollock and the truffle arancini. For mains, the cod with lentils and the pumpkin gnocchi were also without fault.
However, one expects high standards from the likes of the Angela Hartnett brigade. My biggest problem with the restaurant was the meagreness of the portions and general atmosphere of stinginess, culminating in leaving the restaurant £116 worse off and hungry.
3 small squares of focaccia do not count as a 'bread basket'. Take note of Locanda Locatelli's bread basket filled with an array of different breads and the very best Italian Olive Oil. Cod with lentils for £18 deserves more than a square of cod and a tiny mound of lentils. Finally, chocolate ice cream, although undeniably delicious, should have been more than one scoop. Coffee was served without the customary biscotti or petit fours (again Locanda Locatelli and Ceccionis do this properly).
The food is faultless, the decor and room beautiful but what’s the point of creating an Italian cafe if you don’t leave there feeling content and happy, as if you had just been fed by an Italian Nonna. Instead, I left with the pains of hunger, general disappointment (because I know how good it could be) and 100 pounds lighter...
Managing staff take note. For those prices you can do so much better.