SquareMeal Review of
Chucs Bar & Grill
There’s an easy elegance to this swish Italian restaurant, where the cosy panelled dining room is crammed with low tables, leather banquettes, glamorous photos and a marble bar for espressos and cocktails. Next door is Chucs’ tiny boutique for men’s swimwear and classic 1950s leisure clothes. The all-day menu and pricey wine list suits Mayfair fashionistas, who choose delicious tartares and carpaccios of red prawns, Sicilian tuna and quality beef. Gutsy sharing plates (meat, cheese or marinated vegetables) make admirable alternatives. The imaginative pasta dishes include thick, luscious bigoli – with simple cheese and pepper (if you’re paying), or with lobster (if someone else is). Main course might be a fine veal chop and broccoli with the zing of garlic and chilli. Finish with affogato, vanilla ice cream anointed with strong coffee. A separate breakfast menu (with on-trend egg-white omelette) and an outdoor terrace also draw the local beau monde.