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20 Queen Street , London, W1J 5PP

020 7495 1127

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SquareMeal Review of Murano

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Readers admit they “find it hard not to stop for lunch” as they pass Angela Hartnett’s well-appointed Michelin-starred flagship. It may look consummately smart and sleek, but Murano’s skirted tables and contemporary chandeliers aren’t the prime lure, nor the service (“always with a smile”) or the kitchen views from the chef’s table. Ultimately, it’s all about Hartnett’s deeply compulsive food, as channelled by talented chef Pip Lacey. Generous, richly flavoured, utterly seasonal and meticulously fashioned, it’s totally irresistible – we can never say ‘no’ to a meal here. Readers also enjoy the flexibility of a menu that allows diners to choose up to five courses, at will – perhaps exquisite chestnut anolini with mushroom consommé, sprout tops with autumn truffle or a leek tart with apple, Gorgonzola and walnuts followed by venison loin with parsley root purée, sloe gin plums, kale and granola. The Amalfi lemon tart is a hero pudding, but soufflés such as pistachio with hot chocolate sauce are rated “amazing”. Wines are mainly Italian, with plenty of treats in store.

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9.0

Food & Drink: 9.2

Service: 9.5

Atmosphere: 7.9

Value: 8.7

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Sandra O. 25 April 2016

Had a lovely evening at Murano, food was outstanding, liked that you could have anything on the menu as a starter or main course, thoroughly enjoyed the amuse bouche that were presented between courses. The staff were friendly, efficient and extremely knowledgeable. I particularly enjoyed my beef main course was cooked to perfection. The pistachio soufflé for desert was exquisite. It was friends special birthday and I asked them to do something to make it extra special which they duly did presenting an extra desert with Happy Birthday written on it. Would highly recommend and will visit again

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Alison G. 04 November 2015

This restaurant is beautifully decorated, Lovely modern art style. Service is very good and the waiters make you feel welcome. We had an evening dinner and did not felt pressure to rush our meal. Waiters are knowledgeable about the menu and happy to adapt menu to clients . The food was outstanding, beautifully presented, good portion size, tasty ingredient combinations. Really enjoyed the Truffle course. Definitely a place to go again

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Natalia P. gold reviewer 01 June 2015

This restaurant definitely has a wow factor! Beautifully decorated and would please an eye of someone who appreciates modern art. Service is superb and the waiters make you feel welcome. We dined during lunch and there was none of that nuisance of 2 hour turn around, waiters are knowledgeable about the menu and happy to adapt menu to clients - i.e. you can have main in the portion of a starter and vice versa. Food was outstanding, beautifully presented, nice portion size, tasty ingredient combinations. Definitely worth a visit

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

Kelly F. 13 May 2015

My husband and I recently dined at Murano, we both love Italian food of all varieties, and were excited to eat at Murano. The food lived up to its reputation in all respects, flavours were complex and yet fresh and lively. The service was excellent, attentive without being intrusively so. The only downsides were that there is little ambiance, we arrived for dinner at 8:00 and there were as yet few diners, so there was little 'buzz' and there was no ambient music, which made for a strangely odd dining experience. (It did fill up later in the evening and become less noticeable) As such, perhaps best suited to professional dinners and meetings? Secondly, the cocktail selection is limited, crushed ice is unavailable, which makes a variety of cocktails unavailable and a Cosmopolitan ordered was average at best. Still, overall a wonderful meal full of culinary surprises.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Bill P. bronze reviewer 09 December 2013

Murano has been on my list for ages and didn't disappoint. The food was superb. The sweetbreads melted in my mouth and the risotto was to die for. The structure of the menu meant yon could have 2, 3, 4 or 5 course plus pud on top, so completely flexible. The Sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and the chap who served the cheese trolley was deft and enthusiastic. What a lovely place, can’t wait to return.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Max B. bronze reviewer 04 September 2013

We had some memorable dinners when Angela Hartnett was at the Connaught and much to my shame I had never been to Murano. Until yesterday, when a business contact suggested lunch there. Everything is as it is supposed to be in a restaurant of this caliber. Precise service, a pleasant, if a bit too hushed dining room, good tables, good light flooding from the street. The food though, takes center stage. Even more than at her previous venture Artnett is presenting a new take on Italian inspired classics. The tastes are bolder and more defined. There is more “gusto” in the cooking, than at the Connhaught. The potato pancake with taleggio was memorable. Delicate, fluffy, yet packing a punch. My host had the octopus and by the looks of it must have just jumped out of the water. Sometimes I like to see how chefs can make even a obvious, tired dish like a beef bavette interesting and I was pleasantly surprised. The meet (perfectly cooked) arrived on a bed of sweetcorn and pepper salsa that transformed it into a firework of flavors. The pre-dessert, a lime granita infused with lavender, was the perfect dish to cleanse the palate. The wine list as you would expect is robust with some interesting newcomers. I didn't see the bill but the three course set lunch at £30 is a steal. I will certainly go back to sample the evening menu.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Vincent V. 31 July 2013

Had a business lunch and everything wasgreat! The sommelier is extremly knowlegeable and helpfull making every effort to acomodate. The staff were friendly and profesional and the food was extremly well done. The only but was that the atmosphere wasnt great…but then again it was a business lunch! Definetly must come back for a relaxed dinner!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

OrientalGourmand bronze reviewer 19 May 2013

We are usually fussy about service but service was great. Food, needless to say, is at top level. Atmosphere was also good – suitable for family, business and romantic occasions as well. It his great package comes with price inevitably – but it's worth the price, I think.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Alison R. 09 July 2012

Fantastic meal, wonderful menu and great service. The food is really exciting and the added extra courses makes it feel even more special. Can't recommend highly enough.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Toby N. platinum reviewer 16 December 2011

First time dining at Murano, we went for my mum's birthday. We went early evening and got off to a slightly unfortunate start when sat next to a table of well refreshed hedge fund managers who'd been out celebrating their work Christmas lunch, and probably spending part of a bonus that is around 10 times as much as my annual earnings! They were fortunately packed off shortly afterwards reducing the noise level by about 80%. The first thing that strikes you about Murano, other than the hedgies noise, is that it’s grown up – I’m nearly 40 and for most of the evening I was the youngest customer there. It’s also a stunningly dull room – everything is beige and the combination of subdued lighting and slightly too warm heating wasn't conducive to a great atmosphere. All of which makes it sound like I hated it; but I certainly didn't. Service is generally lovely, polite and effective – though they did seem to have a few initial problems with the drinks order and the bill took one request and one Paddington Bear style hard stare to make appear, but other than that it all worked as you'd hope, so perhaps they've sorted out the gripe lots of other reviews on this site seem to have had. Food was wonderful, though given the chefs name, the Michelin star and the cost (circa £110 per head for 3 courses, water, wine and a drink before starting) perhaps you've got a right to expect something special, though there are other venues with similar qualities that fail to deliver. I started with pumpkin tortelli, sage butter and crushed amaretti; pasta is frequently, unless you're eating it in Italy, heavy going, but this was light and delicate, warm autumn flavours. This was followed by halibut, bread purée, pear compote, white onion fondue and scallop velouté – the fish was wonderfully firm, cooked to perfection and the range of accompaniments gave everything a warm sweet twist, the only slight oddity being the white onion, which could easily have been omitted without spoiling anything. To finish chocolate ganache, chestnut parfait, artichoke sorbet and mint – I admit I was jealous when others soufflé with caramel and fresh mint chantilly arrived but then I tasted the chestnut parfait and, if I weren't an atheist, I would have believed I'd discovered heaven. I enjoyed Murano, great food, good service and value for money is reasonable, though the atmosphere needs something different. I'm not sure it would be ideal for a date, but for your mum's birthday it's great and I'd happily recommend it; though, given I paid the bill, it might be a once a year treat!

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The private dining room at Murano can accommodate up to 12 guests around the elegant oval table that offers a direct view into the working kitchen. The room at Murano is adjacent to the main restaurant, with glass doors that can remain open to allow for a more informal atmosphere. The classically tailored interior features painted fresco panels and traditional blown glasswork light fittings, that have been specially commissioned for this Michelin starred restaurant.
Chef's Table and Private Dining Room
Capacity: 12