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30-34 James Street
Inspired by Caprice Holdings’ private member’s club of the same name in Mayfair (and a cousin of Harry’s Dolce Vita https://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaurant/harrys-dolce-vita in Knightsbridge), this open-to-all iteration of Harry’s Bar is in the rather less exclusive environs of St Christopher’s Place, home to Côte, Nando’s and Carluccio’s.
One inside, though, it’s old-school glamour all the way. The 50s-style interiors mix burnt orange banquettes with dark-wood panelling and splashes of gold, while low lighting adds a romantic touch.
An extensive menu of classic Italian comfort food (pizza, pasta, salads, steak) begins with tempting cicchetti, including balls of arancini which ooze truffle and parmesan, while puffed-up garlic and rosemary flatbread is a doughy delight. More substantial dishes might include ribbons of velvety pappardelle tied up with hunks of tender slow-cooked beef.
Our pizza was less successful. A dry disc of squid-ink dough topped with smoked salmon and sliced avocado smothered in an excess of dill sour cream wasted ingredients that should have been left for brunch; a simple margherita might have been a better bet.
Stick with the classics, though, and you’re unlikely to be disappointed, while thoughtful service from smartly dressed staff, luxe details such as pasta scooped out at the table from copper pans and playful touches like gold-dusted chocolate flakes scattered over decadent profiteroles make the size of the bill easier to swallow.
A list of classic Italian cocktails impresses (Negronis, Bellinis etc) while Champagne and by-the-glass wines are also available. Weekend brunch meanwhile, offers the perfect opportunity to take advantage of Harry’s charming outdoor terrace in the warmer months.
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30-34 James Street
Bond Street Tube Station 154m
Oxford Circus Tube Station 665m
James Street 53m
Wigmore Street 72m
Mon-Sun 8am-12M (Sat-Sun 9am- )
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Food + drink: 4
A visit to a chain restaurant on a Sunday in December off St Christopher's Place. How good is that? The answer is surprisingly so. Although the area is chain central once inside it is hard to tell. The décor and lay out instantly take one to clubland in London or New York and although it does not have the patina of age it is soothing. The wood and leather together with the low ceiling height mean that the acoustics are good and although the restaurant was full by the time we left the noise levels were subdued. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and there are a lot of them meaning that the service is responsive particularly when wanting to pay as far too many places seem to not want to take your money. The tables are nicely spaced allowing for private conversations as well as giving sufficient elbow room. The menu is stuffed with classics all of which were well done and waiting times between courses was not excessive. The wine list is almost exclusively Italian and extensive with a wine to suit every price. Having arrived with low expectations we left planning our next visit.
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