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Avenue restaurant in St James' re-opened in February 2014; having previously offered diners modern British fare they are now taking influence from across the Atlantic and serving up more casual, American inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday.
The new interior designed by Russell Sage is intended to give the feel of a glamorous Manhattan loft space. This would be some loft! as the 112 cover restaurant is spread over a huge space revolving round a decanting bar and large chandelier creating an impressive setting. It is airy and open with plenty of natural light provided by the skylight and importantly there is a nice long and well stocked bar which sits slightly off to the restaurant making it a destination in itself, perfect for an after work drink.
Avenue is owned and operated by D&D London who own over 30 leading restaurants in major cities around the world so with this pedigree you come to expect a high standard of food and service.
The lunch crowd when we arrived were certainly pre-dominantly suited and booted having flooded in from their nearby Green Park offices so we stood out like a sore thumb in a shirt and jeans but we were assured that in the evenings and on weekends it attracts a more eclectic mix of people and we would have fitted right in!
We started out with a beef short rib ravioli and the soft shell crab, which left us a little underwhelmed so I'm sorry I don't have a recommend for starters but for mains I had the roasted cod with heirloom tomatoes which was light, fresh and delicious. My dining partner had one of the restaurant's signature dishes the 'Boston Butt' which is a slow roasted Blythburgh pork served with cabbage and covered in BBQ Sauce which went down in a matter of seconds! I managed to sneak a try before it got devoured and it was excellent. The burger and steaks that flew by our table I will have to save for my next trip. Finally for desserts we tried the best seller of donut holes with cinnamon sugar, raspberry jam & bourbon chocolate which is a great sharing dessert for two.
The lesson here I would say is listen to your waiter/waitress and go for some of the house specialties. If you go for the Boston Butt followed by the Donut Holes you will leave a happier being! I would certainly recommend Avenue for a business lunch or dinner, there was also a private dining room in a glass-house at the back of the restaurant for a more private meeting and they obviously take their wine seriously with an extensive wine list specialising in American and French wines and in-house sommelier on hand to help you. A special mention must go to our waiter Miguel who was a true master of his profession and being Italian American added to the whole experience and just for an hour or so we could have been in New York, in a fancy loft.
7 - 9 St James Street, Green-Park, SW1A 1EEView Larger Map
Best For Whom
- Business Travellers
- Mature Travellers
Best For What
- Fine Dining
- Lively Atmosphere