Please note, sadly Emilia has now closed. Fortunately Mayfair has a whole load of other great restaurants however, the best of which you’ll find here.
Emilia is the new restaurant from the restaurant super-team behind Portland, Clipstone & The Quality Chop House, and you’ll find it on the second floor of the auction house Bonhams.
So don’t worry, you’ll always be amongst the highest bidders.
Bonhams, for those who don’t regularly purchase mind-bogglingly expensive fine art & antiquities, is in Mayfair. You’ll find Emilia around the back, in a space that looks out over a small, picturesque little courtyard (charmingly named Haunch of Venison Yard) through narrow panes of floor-to-ceiling glass that cut through the wall. Those window panes throw light onto the simple white tablecloth & wood floor arrangement inside which has an unfussy, businesslike aesthetic about it. Because this place – as with their other joints – is all about the food.
Speaking of which, the name of the restaurant itself is a reference to the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy, where head chef Stuart Andrew (formerly at Clipstone) takes a great deal of his inspiration from. Perhaps because it’s where staple luxuries like Parmesan, balsamic vinegar, and Parma ham all come from, along with a wealth of other D.O.P. goodies.
Those ingredients are going into dishes like white asparagus with parsley, garlic & clams; raviolo of rabbit & fennel, with carrots & dandelion; monkfish with datterini tomatoes, courgettes & langoustine sauce; and an actual haunch of venison, with nettle risotto, rainbow chard & walnuts. Desserts are equally interesting, with the likes of wild strawberry granita & fennel ice cream, or an almond cake with loquats (a sweet-sour fruit), honey & chamomile.
It should at this point be mentioned that there’s a small wine bar downstairs too, if you fancy popping in for a casual drink. You’ll be able to find a decent cocktail, aperitif or glass of wine in both spaces, and they even share an Auction List of extremely rare & expensive bottles – you can get everything from a £17 glass of 1995 Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile Trimbach, to a bottle of 1991 Grand Cru Échezeaux for a mere £7,200.
You’ll be hooked after only going once…
NOTE: Sadly Emilia has now closed. Fortunately Mayfair has a whole load of other great restaurants however, the best of which you’ll find here.
Emilia | 7 Haunch of Venison Yard, Mayfair, W1K 5ES
Opened: 26th April 2019 | Last Updated: 27th June 2020
Want to check out their other venues? Portland, Clipstone, and The Quality Chop House await.