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17-19 Maddox Street
020 7495 1505
Agnar Sverrisson’s profile has been rising of late (deservedly so) and if Michelin-starred Texture is the high-flyer in the group, his three 28°-50° wine bars are near-perfect models of the genre. The interior design spec is ‘industrial warehouse meets your favourite local bistro’, so let’s have a drink first. It’s quite a simple proposition: 15 reds and 15 whites by the glass, carafe or bottle, ever-changing and always interesting, plus a host of sweet wines, rums, Cognacs and – if you’re lucky – an English fizz giving the French a run for their money. There’s a ‘collector’s list’, too, where you’ll find some damn fine vintage bottles. To eat, an all-day bar menu serves up La Fromagerie cheeses and posh burgers, while the main line-up might take you from goose and mustard terrine to Eton Mess, via steaks cooked on the grill or sea bream with an Asian broth.
StreetSmart - London restaurants
Best wine bars in London
From: 22 July 2018
To: 22 October 2018
Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.
Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.
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17-19 Maddox Street
020 7495 1505
Oxford Circus Tube Station 245m
Bond Street Tube Station 546m
Hanover Square Gardens 163m
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Food + drink: 3
Having booked a table for lunch for 7 people the week before, and reconfirmed one day before the meal, my colleagues and I were a little annoyed at having to wait by the door for at least 10 minutes while the table was prepared. Not enough attention was given by staff as to who had ordered which drinks (different types of wine) and when the main courses arrived, one was incorrectly ordered by the waiter and so the lady had to wait nearly 15 minutes for her meal to arrive, during which time everyone else had finished theirs.
However, we all agreed that the food was delicious and a good selection of wine (also delicious).
Food + drink: 4
I needed somewhere local to my office for a quick business lunch, two of us had half a grilled lobster with aioli and fries and the other had the mushroom risotto - all were cooked well, service was attentive. The real stars of the show here though are the wines, available in 3 sizes so you can "sample" different labels and new world wines at reasonable prices. One of the few places in London where you can pitch up and have drinks and nibbles around the bar in nice surroundings - you can usually get a seat around the bar which is a novelty in the West End - I have never been disappointed. We are fans of the Marylebone branch too.
It had been some months since I last ate here and while the concept (being able to sample a very broad range of wines at reasonable prices) remains as strong as ever, both the service my comrade and I experienced on a recent visit as well as the food had notably gone downhill. To begin, despite having booked in advance and arriving at 12.45 with quite a number of tables still unoccupied, we were shown to probably the worst table in the restaurant, wedged right in the corner right by the bar and the serving staff. When I was asked whether it might be possible to move to a different, free, table, I was summarily dismissed, being told they were all pre-reserved. This seemed odd. Surely I had pre-reserved too? Apparently not, since one staff member told that ‘regular’ customers always wanted or expected their preferred table. The whole set up seemed most unprofessional and only after a little more remonstrating were we finally moved, not with the best grace either. Onto the food, and our set menu was – frankly – bland and uninspiring. The portion sizes of the trout with which we began in particular and also the chicken main were meagre to say the least. Moreover, the chicken seemed not quite as warm as it should have done and my accompanying side of new potatoes was left almost untouched owing to the appearance of a rather unexpected and unappetising crème fraiche topping. At least the wines impressed (particularly our Margaret River red), and next time I will more likely be returning just for drink
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