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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016There are many diners who prefer Angela Hartnett’s dressed-down Café to her swanky Michelin-starred Murano, and it’s easy to be seduced by its low-it appeal. The long dining room feels tailor-made for rendezvous, whether gregarious business lunches on a round table at the front, something cosy à deux towards the back – or even just a solo meal at the bar, nibbling on some truffle arancini with a Negroni while deciding what to order. Pasta is the undisputed highlight, with highly appealing arrangements such as tagliolini with broad bean pesto and ricotta salata or spaghetti with chilli, garlic and bottarga all the better for being so simple. Elsewhere, the kitchen’s attachment to carefully chosen produce might yield such clean-tasting delights as lamb topside with goats’ curd, courgette and girolles, though Hartnett can also do classy classics too – think vitello tonnato or pappardelle with venison ragù. Some feel that portions are small given the prices, but there’s generosity aplenty in the welcoming nature of the friendly staff.

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Café Murano St James's

33 St James’s Street ,London SW1A 1HD

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Terrible Service

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Jul 2016

Booked for pre-theatre meal and informed staff when arrived (6pm) that we had to leave by 7. Starter took 15 mins to arrive, (lovely though) no sign of main by 6.50. Informed staff that we had to leave and told that main course would be with us at 6.55, which was no good for us! We left hungry!! Not what we expected … perhaps if you have all evening!!

Elaine M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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phantom reservation

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Dec 2015

This was my first meal at Cafe Murano and I adored it. The food was delectable, the ambience lovely, the table service impeccable. I just had one 'reservation' and that's that they couldn't find my reservation although they'd left me a voicemail message the day before confirming it. I found this very uncomfortable and annoying. They asked if I'd brought my email confirmation which I hadn't bothered to do since I'd received their phone confirmation (and offered to play...

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mary s.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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33 St James’s Street ,London SW1A 1HD

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Ghosts of Petrus Linger

by   silver reviewer (26)

May 2015

Cafe Murano occupies culinary hollowed ground. This is where Petrus used to be and some of its aura remains. Petrus was followed by the delightful Brasserie St. Jacques and it is now Cafe Murano. Cafe Murano has an excellent prix fixe menu that is as delicious as it is generous in its portions and altruistic in its price. The menu is inspired by that happy hybrid of France and Italy that is Northern Italian and it has the friendliness and professionalism that is the hallmark of that region....

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Frank C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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Buzzy Italian

by   platinum reviewer (86)

Apr 2015

I've eaten here a few times, and always left happy. Last time the whole table had truffle arancini and fritto misto followed by a delicious venison ragu tagliatelle. Service is smooth and the cooking consistent and accomplished and the focaccia is dangerously good. It has always been packed, with lots of noise, ages ranging from baby to octogenarian, just as a great Italian restaurant should be in my opinion.

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

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cafe murano

by   gold reviewer (40)

Dec 2014

The food - I recommend the starters more than the mains to be honest. My wood pigeon was very tasty, pork tonnato was equally good and octopus was soft and tasty again. The mains did not go so well - special tuna spaghetti tasted of fsh a bit too much, monkfish tasted a bit undercooked, but venison was fine ... so maybe just order meats from the menu. Desserts were very good again. Service was good .... up to a point. What spoiled the evening is the fact that we barely finished desserts when the...

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

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Exciting place; dull food

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Dec 2014

The place has a great atmosphere, the service is excellent and we had a lovely time. Charming staff and helpful guidance on the wine. The only disappointment was the food which was rather bland - the crab linguine didn't really taste of much at all, and the penne carbonara tasted mainly of black pepper. The chocolate cake was likewise rather dry and uninteresting. The melt-in-the-mouth lemon tart was outstanding though. A buzzy destination restaurant so perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 5

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Aug 2014

Booked a table for 5.30 as we wanted time to enjoy our meal before going to a theatre some distance away. Clearly a mistake as the kitchen seemed unprepared but not willing to admit it! Everything was rushed at the beginning – our starters were served very quickly after we ordered and only just after our pre dinner drinks had arrived, yet the bread to go with them, admittedly fresh from the oven, came virtually as we finished eating them. Our main courses then arrived equally speedily, at 6. My main...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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by   silver reviewer (21)

Jul 2014

Buzzy, noisy, great northern italian food. Took my 16yr old son who loves Italian and appreciates all cuisine especially pasta! We ordered to share – frito misto (not greasy, delicous though would have preferred more prawns or calamari), truffle arancini (divine), warm octopus with chick peas (beautiful), squid ink crab taglioni (my favourite) and the gnocchi which i ordered to see if any better than my husband's who did a cooking lesson with Angela Hartnett. Jury is out. The gnocchi was excellent...

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

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by   (2)

Jul 2014

This is only my second visit but my dining experience was excellent. Very courteous staff and not pushy. I went with some girlfriends and enjoyed their meal too. I had the Fritto Misto which was slightly greasy but still tasted good. The pasta was cooked to perfection – al dente – just how I like it. The restaurant was full and buzzing.

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

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Jun 2014

At first it felt like they were trying to rush us through with the next course arriving before we had finished our first. Once we sent it back to the kitchen, things calmed down a little and we were allowed to enjoy our meal. This was my second visit – I had really enjoyed the first – but this time I felt they were struggling to cope for some reason. Only small details, such as being asked what you would like to drink and you haven't even given the wine list, but you would expect better at £80+ pp....

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

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Angela Hartnett

Growing up with an Italian grandmother, it’s no surprise that Angela Hartnett acquired a passion for Italian food from the very beginning. The British-born chef honed her skills under Gordon Ramsay at Aubergine and alongside Marcus Wareing at Pétrus, before winning a Michelin star in 2004 for her eponymous restaurant at The Connaught. In 2008, she launched Murano in Mayfair, with ‘brassier little sister’ Café Murano and Merchant’s Tavern in Shoreditch following in 2013.

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