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|Address:||10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP|
|Tel:||020 7908 7979|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £42.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7-10.30am 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm|
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London's newest bobby dazzler is Berners Tavern. This is no tavern or Bernies Inn, but more a gastronomic heaven in Ian Shrager's new hotel Edition behind Oxford St. Enter through palatial glass doors to a fabulous grand atrium and join the party. You are immediately transcended to a world of 5 star luxury. Imagine lots of well groomed eye candy, high spec hotel interior, a hip bar, a huge silver egg/ spaceship for a chandelier and funky music. That's just the hotel reception. Turn right into the ‘tavern’ and be wowed by the sky high ornate ceilings, walls of gilt framed paintings and lots of alluring leather upholstered booths with an army of female staff in white tuxedos and men in jet black waistcoats. The music was an eclectic mix of salsa/ ibiza/ jazz and slightly contradicted the cuisine and surroundings but worked. You can feel the energy and finery in this establishment.
The cuisine is mastered by Jason Atherton, top dog in London at the moment for new restaurants. My only niggle would be that the lighting was so dim, that my guests with presbyopia all had to get their IPhone torches out to see the menu. But this is the kind of menu you could easily play ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ and win, all dishes were equally brilliant. Think Romney marsh lamb either as as starter with some amazing creamy pasta dish or as a main with delicate lamb chops or share a feast of lamb for £55 for 2. The ceviche of scallops looked slightly anaemic on the plate but tingled and tantalised the palate. I had the sea bass which was milky white with perfectly crispy skin accompanied by bright green samphire and mustardy cream, ‘a little bowl of yum’. Halibut with moreish squid ink risotto also satisfied. The warm almond brioche in a jar was a novel, creamy, golden fruity delight. Dishes were generous, rich and worth every penny. After filling your boots with fine grub, totter into the the punch bar (can be pre booked) for a complimentary glass of tequila laced punch in sultry gentleman's club surroundings.
This is the kind of place you need to go to on a friday or saturday night, dust off those glad rags, shine your shoes and join London's most exciting gastronomic party.