Serge 333

The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman Street , London, W1T 1PG

  • table with light shadow plants
  • egg yolk tartare blue plate wine glasses

SquareMeal Review of Serge

SquareMeal London Hot 100 2018Located inside the achingly cool Mandrake Hotel, Serge has benefited from an update less than a year after opening. Not only has the ‘et le phoque’ been thankfully minimised in its branding, but the menu has been reinvigorated, moving from broadly French to broadly Spanish, with a strong emphasis on the Mediterranean roots of the chef.

The highly on-trend decor and soundtrack remain, yet despite this, staff are refreshingly friendly and unpretentious. Nonetheless, it is the food and drink that do the talking here. Diners get to choose from a well-conceived menu, conveniently divided into starters followed by earth, sea and land-based options. Almost everything we sampled sang. A plate of wonderfully moist jamón ibérico accompanied by pickled almonds set the bar high, but we were even more impressed by a dish of seared scallop served (in a flash of beautiful originality) with peach and artichoke. Duck breast teamed with cherry and endive showed similar flair over ingredient combination. Not everything pleased: a sea bream and pineapple ceviche was underwhelming; and the suckling pig lacked flavour. However, very fair pricing encourages diners to experiment.

Add to the mix a range of seasonal cocktails and an intelligently constructed wine list (from an ex-Clove Club sommelier) and there’s little not to like here. Take note, though: the toilets are almost impossible to find, situated outside the restaurant in the hotel’s labyrinthine basement.

Serge is recommended for

Cool | Glamorous | Special Occasions Over 40S | Breakfast | Outside Seating

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 302m

Goodge Street Tube Station 390m


Address: The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman Street , London W1T 1PG

Area: Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia

Opening times

Mon-Sun 7am-11am 6pm-10.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Contemporary Applied Arts 110m

Odeon Tottenham Court Road 207m


Telephone: 020 3146 8880


Cuisine: Spanish

Private Dining: 18

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