An excellent eaterie, set over two floors, and inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy. It's run by enthusiasts - and part of a small chain (see Gourmet Britain). The package includes a Wine Shop.
Tables are in high demand, so expect to wait at peak periods. However, if you have the time this is worthwhile as their seasonally-changing menu gives most bistro-style restaurants let alone wine bars, a lesson.
An early spring snapshot brought 'Steamed Mussels with Chili, Capers & Croûtons'; 'Lambs Sweetbreads with Peas, Roast Shallots & Muscatel'; 'Cured Beef Fillet & Horseradish' and 'Selection of Spanish Cured Meats with Almonds & Olives' among the mains.
'Brixham Pollock with Baby Fennel, Capers & Brown Butter'; 'Devon Duck Breast with Puy Lentils & Rosti Hispi'; 'Braised Lamb Shoulder with New Season Garlic & Turnips'; 'Roast Cauliflower with Pearl Barley Risotto & Shallot Crisps' and 'Roast Rump of Beef with Duck Fat Potatoes & Yorkshire Pudding' listed among the mains.
Desserts are also seasonal, but 'Plum Tart Fine with Crème Fraiche Ice Cream'; 'Lemon Posset with Blueberries & Shortbread' and Almond Cake with Poached Greengages & Mascarpone' set the style.
Friendly and efficient service.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: all week 12.00-22.30; mains about £13 to £20 - plus Bar Snacks; set L £12.95 (2 courses), £15.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 12.00-22.30; mains about £13 to £20
- Wine: an excellent list, travels the world, kicking off at around £16
- Nearest station: Piccadilly or Oxford Circus Underground
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Closed: a few days at Christmas