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25 April 2014
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Café Muranoone star

33 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1HD

£51.00 Italian Whitehall, Buckingham Palace

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  • Wine: £19.50
  • Champagne: £50.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm

Square Meal Review of Café Murano ?

Angela Hartnett once worked for Gordon Ramsay at this site – when it was the original Pétrus – and now she’s returned to front its latest incarnation. Comprising a handsome (if narrow) space with a marble-topped bar, leather banquettes, wooden floors and golden lighting, it’s a shot in the arm for the neighbourhood and far more relaxed than Hartnett’s Michelin-starred Murano. The cooking follows suit with a northern Italian menu of generous-spirited classics – think piping-hot truffle arancini or whole globe artichoke with punchy bagna cauda for dipping. Fresh pasta is a highlight (try the “sticky, fluffy” wild mushroom gnocchi with parsley and garlic), while mains might bring firm, bouncy hake with black olives and deliciously sweet roasted butternut squash. To drink, elegant cocktails sit alongside an Italian wine list with smart bottles covering all budgets. This is a supremely polished operation with pitch-perfect service, but it’s also fun, relaxed and eminently approachable.

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  1. Café Murano

    33 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1HD
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    David H.

    On balance didn't meet expectation

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    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 5

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    33 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1HD
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    Michael A.

    ROMEO OUTING

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  3. Café Murano

    33 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1HD
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    Toby N.

    Hopefully just some teething troubles

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

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  1. Published : Sunday, 30th March 2014

    Dancing In High Heels :: CAFE MURANO, 33 ST JAMES

    This weekend we indulged in some rustic Northern Italian food at Cafe Murano - sister restaurant to Michelin-starred Murano, and opened by chef Angela Hartnett in November 2013. We were one of the first guests to arrive for the evening - 5.30pm being the only time available to book as we just made a last minute decision to reserve the night before. The place had a calm and welcoming feel to it, with warm shades of brown leather sofas and dark timber tables. Passing by the elegant marble-topped bar, we were shown to our table in a nice quiet corner at the back of the room...
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  2. Michelin-starred Murano’s little sibling, Café Murano has become the latest hot spot in the trendy Green Park area. The menu draws inspiration from North Italy with Chef Angela Hartnett looking to draw in regulars as well as destination diners. The atmosphere is cosy with warm lighting and woods although a bit of light background music would have been a great addition. The staff are friendly but seemed a tad lost at times with parts of our order being forgotten twice and the wine only arriving at the end of the meal. Our group of 7 was coming from all over town, so we gathered at the quirky and kitschy American Bar at the Stafford Hotel...
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  3. Published : Monday, 10th February 2014

    Munch My Way :: Cafe Murano, Green Park

    Cafe Murano is the sister restaurant of Murano which is owned by one of the most acclaimed chefs in the UK, Angela Hartnett MBE. Food here represents the cuisine of Northern Italy. The food is simple yet refined and approachable. The menu is split into 4 sections: cicheti (nibbles and small starters), antipasti (starters), primi (pasta/risotto) and secondi (mains)...
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  4. Published : Saturday, 25th January 2014

    Saying it straight :: Cafe Murano. Raise a glass.

    This is an Angela Hartnett venture, back to her old stamping ground. Literally. She worked here, alongside Marcus Wareing, when it was Petrus of blessed memory. Bang on trend with its informal dining and the possibility, but not the necessity, of sharing plates, this is a well-priced and very welcome addition to the area. And it’s packed. According to our very friendly waitress, they were expecting 150 covers that evening, the busiest ever. And she was looking forward it. The room is long, narrow and simply furnished with stylish lighting. there’s a long bar, where I’d be quite happy to dine alone, tables set along the wall and a wider restaurant area at the back. I like the window tables at the front...
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  5. Published : Saturday, 25th January 2014

    The Food Judge :: Cafe Murano. Raise a glass.

    This is an Angela Hartnett venture, back to her old stamping ground. Literally. She worked here, alongside Marcus Wareing, when it was Petrus of blessed memory. Bang on trend with its informal dining and the possibility, but not the necessity, of sharing plates, this is a well-priced and very welcome addition to the area. And it’s packed. According to our very friendly waitress, they were expecting 150 covers that evening, the busiest ever. And she was looking forward it. The room is long, narrow and simply furnished with stylish lighting. there’s a long bar, where I’d be quite happy to dine alone, tables set along the wall and a wider restaurant area at the back. I like the window tables at the front. That’s because I’m anti-social and don’t want to squeeze in next to other diners. And I like to hear the conversation on my own table rather than every one else’s. I know. Fussy. And the food? A small daily menu. Great wine list, reasonably priced. ..
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  6. Published : Thursday, 23rd January 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: Cafe Murano

    This review has been sitting in my drafts for a good couple of months. Mainly because I drank so much red wine on the night that it has taken me that long to piece my memories of it together. But what memories I do have are all good. Cafe Murano is the second recent opening involving Angela Hartnett, the other being Merchants Tavern that opened in late 2013 as well. From what I could tell from the very little information given away before its opening, it was basically going to serve up affordable Italian food; and being the younger sister of the Michelin starred Murano it was hard to resist this combo. I went on the first Friday it had opened, but there was nothing to suggest that they were having any teething problems. The staff were excellent and the food was top notch at very reasonable prices...
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  7. Published : Thursday, 14th November 2013

    Agent Restauranteur :: Cafe Murano – London SW1A

    Angela Hartnett opens a “cafe” that’s unlike any I’ve ever been to. But I’m certainly not complaining. Angela Hartnett’s newest opening is an upmarket and stylish restaurant, nestled down on St James’s Street. Excitingly I was able to secure a luncheon table for their first service during their soft opening, so as it’s literally just opened (officially last night!), I’m kinda excited to let you all know about it!...
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  8. Published : Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Cafe Murano

    It’s been a busy time for Angela Hartnett recently what with the opening of her new restaurant Merchants Tavern. Barely has the paint dried on the walls and she’s off again, this time opening Cafe Murano on St James’s Street – she’s doing an Atherton on us! As it was 50% off food during the soft launch we couldn’t resist booking in for lunch. It was a bright and fairly neutral space inside with a long bar and stool seats in the first half of the room. The white walls and wooden furniture made for a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere...
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Essential Details for Café Murano

  • Address: 33 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1HD
  • Telephone: 020 3371 5559
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm

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