TWIST

42 Crawford Street , London, W1H 1JW

020 7723 3377

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SquareMeal Review of TWIST

This casual, fun-loving concept is peppered with slogans such as ‘food should make people happy’, and as a self-styled ‘kitchen and tapas bar’ it makes a good fist of things. Simplicity and freshness are the keys, with eclectic ideas and seasonal ingredients very much to the fore – note the butcher’s counter loaded with naturally reared meats. Neapolitan-born Eduardo Tuccillo gives fusion ideas a ‘twist’, so expect anything from sea bass ceviche with fennel, radish and blackcurrant or seared Japanese scallops with Bloody Mary sauce to slow-cooked pig’s cheeks in Pedro Ximénez with vanilla and coco bean purée or lamb chops ‘scottadito’ with cumin yoghurt. The Josper grill copes with bone-in steaks, Moroccan-style lamb and even slabs of Wagyu beef, while dessert could be grilled pineapple with coconut milk and chocolate flakes. Set lunches and weekend breakfasts complete the picture.

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8.9

Food & Drink: 8.8

Service: 8.9

Atmosphere: 8.3

Value: 7.4

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Gabriel C. 13 March 2016

At the Chefs table and therefore seeing the kitchen at work. Visited for the first time last night with my wife. We both loved it, The waiter (Pietro) was attentive and knowledgeable giving recommendations for each course. all courses extremely tasty. the menu is interesting and the food amazing. We can't wait to go again, it was utterly delicious!!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Richard E. platinum reviewer 20 December 2015

I am not entirely clear what the twist in the name Twist at Crawford means, as it is very much a local tapas restaurant. There are cured legs of pig hanging around demanding to be sliced thinly; the music is background and unobtrusive; people who are indeed local chat with the waiters and waitresses. Every now and again though, there is something that isn't the usual fare in Spain: yellow fin tartar with a yuzu sauce; foie gras with fig reduction and aged balsamic vinegar; pumpkin gnocchi, that look like little quails eggs, and taste divine: none of these one would find in the back streets of San Sebastien, but they sit next to the Jamon Iberico, pork belly and croquettes as if perfectly natural bed fellows. Prices are standard for this part of London, the selection of wine by the glass is small but adequate and the cocktails good and fairly priced. Above all, however, what makes this such a wonderful place is the service. It is the speediest, it isn’t the slickest or the most professional in town, but it is amongst the friendliest. They understand what service is. An example: just after we arrived and were sat, a group came in for their 8.30 booking. Their table wasn't free, so the waiter did two things, swiftly and without hesitation: he gave free glasses of fizz to the inconvenienced group, and moved the group that had overstayed to the bar, taking their bottle with them. These two simple things, made one big impact: everyone was happy, everyone moved on seamlessly with their evening, feeling not the slightest put out. Compare this to the experience that I had received at Lurra a few days before, and the contrast could not have been starker: at Lurra we had been left in the cold with nothing for over half-an-hour, whilst the waitresses fannied about doing nothing about moving the overstaying table on. For the price of a couple of glasses of Prosecco, Twist guaranteed that people will come back. Failure to do so at Lurra cost a local restaurant local trade. I know which of my local Spanish restaurants I will return to again and again.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

penelope m. 22 November 2015

really enjoyed our meal here - really friendly & helpful service, great atmosphere & yummy tapas - all good

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Joanna G. platinum reviewer 09 November 2015

We ate here on Friday night, a fairly last minute booking trying to find somewhere in that particular area, and enjoyed a really interesting mix of food and flavours, some Asian influenced, which was unexpected but very pleasant. The restaurant is small (upstairs) and a bit bigger downstairs with an bar, and was fully booked, so I was surprised that I managed to secure a table at relatively late notice on a Friday. It seemed that most of the diners were repeat visitors. Staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable. We opted for a bottle of the very reasonable house white and munched on a delicious plate of Iberico de Bellota ham and fluffy Jamon Iberico potato frittes - different to the usual "croquettas" that you get elsewhere which are more béchamel consistency, these were fluffy seasoned mash potato and diced jamon, rolled into balls, bread-crumbed and deep fried - what's not to love! We then ordered the Wagyu beef with soy and honey sauce (very sweet, so quite a nice change to the starters), Yellow-fin tuna tartar with spicy yoghurt and yuzu, Black ink tagliolini with crab, fennel and baby tomato and a wonderfully gooey and creamy Burrata with gazpacho sauce. A thoroughly enjoyable meal, great service, great atmosphere and fairly local to us, we hope to be back soon.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Cardy C. bronze reviewer 25 June 2015

It's one of my favourite restaurants in London! Looking forward to returning there for more delicious food! My full review: - http://www.hkpiggyfoodjournal.com/#!An absolutely rare find in Marylebone/cmbz/558add710cf2ef0f928b3006

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Erik G. 23 May 2015

This is for sure a great restaurant, different from any other restaurant in London. if you want to eat something fresh, special, tasty and different, this is the place!!!!! Amazing staff, very helpful, fresh ingredients and nice and cosy decor are the right ingredients for the success of this restaurant! Will be going back again!!!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

ralph t. 14 May 2015

The décor and the ambiance promises so much and yet by the time the first course arrives you are more than aware that’s just another rip off London restaurant, venue management the micro portions - maxi –expense way. . . and not even a smile as they swipe your credit card. Why do we never learn ? and why do I end up in these places staring at the tine portions wondering what the devil has happened to my meal? I worked in the catering industry for 22 years so have an idea of how to do it, the fact is the best restaurants and dining outlets these days are catered venues like major museums and exhibitions, the restaurant at the British museum is one of the best dining places in the country in my judgment, companies like kudos know how who do these sorts of venue management are so desperate to hang on to their contracts that can be cancelled with minimal notice that they devote more time to making the customer happy. Consequently they don’t penny pinch and that’s as should be.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Mark R. 26 April 2015

Been to Twist several time and find it always amazing. The menu changes regularly and you can see that they use the best and very fresh ingredients. In every dish you can feel all the flavour. The staff is super helpful and passionate. Interesting wine list with great and particular wines. It is always a pleasure to come as you will find specials on the board that complete the a la carte menu. I suggest to book in advance as is becoming busy

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

stacey w. 13 April 2015

have been here 3 times now for various business occasions and while its always pleasant, its simply not great and really really quite average. I've worked in the food industry for a long time now, I even ran various restaurants over seas, designing bespoke catering menus, and was involved in all levels of the catering industry, which is why its easy to find these kinds of restaurants so boring. but sadly they are becoming the norm. . . so where do you go ? beats me, these days the best meals you are likely to have are bespoke events, a lot of catering companies like Kudos Know How, now run various bistros which are quite inventive. This restaurant does have some nice touches, their soufflé is pretty good, and the fish courses are not bad. but everything else just seems so standard.

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