Café Murano | St James’s Restaurant
Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy.
And as much as we’d love to talk all about how back in the year 1291 all the glassblowers in Venice were forced to move there, and that glassblowing remains to this day the island’s biggest industry, with its artisans heralded the world over…
…it’s the food we’re interested in today.
Mostly because it’s the inspiration for Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano – the slightly more laid-back sequel to her Michelin Star winning Murano, both of which share her signature style of Northern Italian cuisine, which she picked up from her Italian mother & grandmother, then refined under the tutelage of Gordon Ramsay.
Despite the alleged casualness of the place, she’s graced the venue with a low lit, moody atmosphere, dark leather banquettes, parquet flooring, a few Art Deco touches, and lashings of Italian style.
As you’d imagine, the menus rotate with relative frequency, but you can expect mainstay like her trademark arancini (fried risotto balls) with mushrooms; some creamy burrata with some pickled puntarella (it’s like chicory) cutting though it; or a pigeon & celeriac salad.
Going larger, there’s a good old pork chop with a cannelloni bean ragu; sea bream with broccoli and pancetta; or venison with parmesan polenta & black truffle. Of course, all of this depends on what day of the week it is. Because this place is famous for…
THE SUNDAY LUNCH
It’s called “Pranzo della Domenica”, and it’s an Italian tradition. For a mere £30 a pop, you can tuck into a monthly changing feasting menu styled after the cuisine of different Italian regions, and laid out on the table banquet-style. That means four courses of gnocchi, globe artichokes, tagliatelle with pancetta & mushrooms, chicken stew, and a lot more.
And to wash it all down? Some wines specially chosen from the region, of course – specially discounted to match your meal.
NOTE: Café Murano is open now. You can find out more, check out the full menus, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Café Murano | 33 St. James’s Street, SW1A 1HD
Like the sound of this place? Read more about their Sunday Lunches right HERE.