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|Address:||23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS|
|Tel:||020 7836 3680|
|Price: £50.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £76.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -3pm)|
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
The rave reviews abound in the press along with Opera Tavern coming from a pedigree stable of the Salt Yard and Dehesa made for much anticipation and excitement.
The lunch stared well with the very welcoming Maitre D’ come waiter, who took us too our table. One of the few criticism I’d have, is that the tables failed the fat man test, they are rather snugly placed so a struggle for anyone passing in-between especially those of us with a larger girth.
We had eight different tapas, doubling up on the scallops and fois burgers. These were served sequentially more in tasting menu style than loading the table with tapas, I am not sure if this was dictated by style or table size.
The much raved about fois burgers were moist and delicious and probably the best burger I have had, although the taste of fois was a little lost. Cheese filled courgette flowers smothered in honey were sublime, confit of belly pork was melt in the mouth with a nice crisp crackling. The scallops perfectly cooked as was the duck livers special, in fact every dish we had was superb and spot on in cooking and taste.
Already amply filled we had to engage the greed gene for cheese and desert, who can turn down a truffle Pecorino, served with flat breads which is so much better than crackers or ordinary bread.
For desert it was a biter chocolate sorbet with sabayon and chocolate truffles. The sorbet was delicious and a great end to the meal. The truffles well were a little more suited to petit fours and indeed did go well with the espressos.
All in for two people it was £150 of which £65 was drinks (beer, wine, water and coffee). I would certainly recommend a visit and I am looking forward to returning very soon.