Chucs Bar & Grill

30B Dover Street , London, W1S 4ND

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.

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6.5

Food & Drink: 6.5

Service: 6.3

Atmosphere: 6.8

Value: 5.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

La Gringa bronze reviewer 29 September 2016

Two of us went to this restaurant on a mid week night.It is very small- three tables outside and six inside.If you're making a deal or want to have an intimate conversation, it's impossible because the tables are rammed right against each other. We had a table of four next to us who were competing for the most obnoxious behaviour. Constant texting and [phone calls, The prices on the wine list were abusive- I think the cheapest bottle of red was 45! We went instead for what were the most expensive restaurant cocktails in town (16 each) . The starter was good but the mains were disappointing. The chicken was dull and a little dry. The risotto was better but hardly imaginative. Dessert was ok. Service was average. The bill for this crowded table, unimaginative food and overpriced drinks was 160 for two! I can think of many other restaurants where that money would be much better spent.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Dw L. 16 July 2014

I love Italy, and would love to spend more time there, so stumbling upon this place (after only a few days of opening) was a huge stroke of luck! The place is tiny and feels intimate and personal. We were seen to immediately and had cocktails at our table within minutes. The food was delicious- a true reflection of the Amalfi coast. And better yet the wooden walls are lined with images past and present of the Italian coastline and vacationers. It really feels like an old world mens club somewhere in the south of Italy. We'll definitely be going back and would hugely recommend it.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Ben H. 16 July 2014

This place is part of Chucs, the menswear clothing store next door. Essentially it's Italian food done very well. Cocktails were great, with a men's supper club feel. Great decor- wooden walls and vintage images from the Italian Riviera. All in all, a great meal in a very beautiful and intimate restaurant.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Tina L. 05 July 2014

It was a hot London's day and we were watching Wimbledon before realising how late it was and that we needed dinner. Staying in Mayfair we wandered around to find a place happened upon Chuc's which has only been open for two days. There was only five people there – two just having drinks. We sat down, asked questions about the menu, ordered drinks, and then the manager (10-15 mins later) came over said there was a dress code and asked us to leave. We were dressed neatly in shorts and sandals after a day of appointments and watching wimbledon in the park. Oddly enough, we even went in the same clothes to a much more exclusive restaurant in Chelsea earlier in the day. We understand dress codes in the evening (being from Paris, having lived in Britain, Australia and Canada), but not in an almost empty restaurant on day 2 of business and after we had been seated, with our drinks order taken and asked questions about the menu. In the circumstances it was rude and unnecessary. We took our business to an amazing place 5 doors down on the opposite side of the road (also an Italian) called Alloro I believe and the food and service was 5 star. Go there instead.

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