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|Address:||34 Portman Street, London W1H 7BY|
|Tel:||020 7224 0028|
|Price: £76.00||Wine: £29.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm|
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Our January 2010 meal at Texture was our third since it opened. We came away with the same positive impression as previously.
The restaurant space has been carved out of the ground floor corner of a less impressive hotel. It has a very Nordic style cool sophisticated white décor, nicely retaining some of the original architectural features of the room. This décor is perhaps more suited to a warm summer day than a cold winter night, but it ideally matches the mid-week evening dining / bar crowd – smar0t and well dressed, with a business expense account bias.
Texture operates with quite a short but perfectly satisfactory menu of what I assume are traditional Icelandic meats and fish. Both the scallop starter and the venison main course were extremely good – Very high quality ingredients, cooked and presented in a very refined and sophisticated manner. Some of the best tasting venison we’ve eaten. They have avoided unnecessary over clever or over powering accompanying sauces, so you could really taste the great flavour of the underlying food.
The presentation style is refined and sophisticated, and could perhaps be described as a bit “nouveau”. My only negative comment would be that I would have preferred 2-3 decent size scallops in my starter, given a price of £20. By contrast, our portions of venison were very good – not just 3 thin slices which I've had elsewhere.
The wine list is very good, but since there wasn’t a lot below £50 you’ll probably end up spending £60-£80.
Front of house and waiter service were both charming, efficient and very professional. Nothing to fault.
Overall, a very good restaurant, serving very high quality refined dishes, with sophisticated presentation. But, this is what I expect at c£100 for 2 courses for 2, inc service, ex drinks.