A deservedly-popular brasserie-style restaurant belonging to the Ottolenghi (of television fame) stable. The restaurant is set over two floors ground and basement - the latter has communal tables, but the added interest of watching the chefs at work in the open-plan kitchen.
The day starts with breakfast, where dishes range from 'French Toast with Star Anise Sugar, Berry Compote' and various Pastries & Orange Yoghurt' through 'Fruit Salad with Greek Yoghurt with Granola' to 'White Haricot Bean Stew with Italian Egg, and Smoked Bacon or Portobello Mushroom'.
At lunchtime and during the evening the menu expands - many of the starters are also designed as dishes to share - such as 'Courgette & Manouri Fritters with Cardamom Yoghurt'; 'Spiced Buttermilk Cod with Urid Dahl & Bergamot Oil'; 'Scallops with Bramley Apple, Pork Floss & Chili Jam'; 'Twice-Cooked Baby Chicken, Lemon Myrtle Salt & Chili Sauce' and 'Venison with Caramelised Yoghurt, Blackberries & Peanut Crumble'.
Mains, such as 'Basil Gnocchi with Ricotta, Lemon Myrtle & Sherry Vinaigrette'; 'Cornish Plaice with Burnt Butter, Nori & Ginger'; 'Pan-Fried Duck Breast with Red Quinoa & Hazelnut Beer Butter' and '28-day-aged Sirloin with Anchovy Butter' might follow.
Desserts, some with Middle-Eastern sweetness, also follow the seasons, but a summer selection brought 'Strawberry Mess with Strawberry Sorbet, Meringue, Sumac & Rose Syrup'; 'Ricotta Dumplings with Liquorice Crumbs and Raspbery & Mandarin Soup' and 'Popcorn Ice Cream with Caramel & Black Pepper Popcorn'.
- Food Style: Mediterranean
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 8.00-15.00, Sat 10.00-17.30, Sun 10.00-16.00; mains about £20 to £30
- Dinner: Mon-Fri 17.30-23.30, Sat 10.00-17.30, Sun 10.00-16.00; mains about £17 to £30; Pre Theatre £21.50 (2 courses), £25.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 100
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off in the mid 20's
- Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: 25th & 26th Dec, 1st Jan, Bank Holidays, 2 weeks Aug.