This regards Italians and theatre.
Allow us, if you will, to explain.
About the Italians:
Firstly, they’re not actually Italian — but they may as well be. We’re talking about the technically British Angela Hartnett, Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin Starred protégée and head of the very well respected Café Murano in St James’s; and also technically British Richard Lloyd, Angela’s own protégée and as of now, the current head chef at her second Café Murano outpost in Covent Garden.
It is, like the original, inappropriately known as Café Murano. Because although the requisite café-esque ingredients are there – a homely atmosphere, relaxed service, multiple visit potential – it’s far from being one. This is thanks in part to its design, which includes an entirely frosted glass roof, intimate booth banquette seating around a centrepiece serving table and, come nightfall, a glowing red bar. Then there’s head chef Richard’s requirement that nearly all oils, vinegars and sherries are made in house, from scratch, and with love, for dishes like broad bean and rosemary arancini; rabbit leg with pecorino; steamed halibut; and desserts of tiramisu and muscavado tart with crème fraîche.
Now – about the theatre:
Firstly, it’s just around the corner. Literally. Whichever one you’re going to.
Secondly, that means if you’d like to, you can head there before (or after) your meal, content in the knowledge that there is (or is going to be) a long list of wines and cocktails designed specifically to:
1) Showcase the very best of Italy’s boutique and established wine and spirits producers. And, more importantly,
2) Taste really good.
NOTE: Café Murano Covent Garden is open Mon-Sat 12-11pm, and Sunday 11.30am-4pm. You can find out more, and book a table, HERE.
Café Murano | 34-36 Tavistock St, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB
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