Murano

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Gold Award

“It’s hardly surprising that down-to-earth Angela Hartnett is behind this magic” commented one fan after dining at Michelin-starred Murano and giving it a hearty “bravo” in the process.

Somehow, this smart performer manages to offer “the perfect combination of atmosphere, privacy, service and food” in a sleek setting that suggests low-key sophistication – think pale white-and-beige tones, the odd art-deco flourish and, of course, an abundance of Murano glass.   

Hartnett looks at Italian cuisine through English eyes, but her vision is true and the food created by her impressive kitchen brigade represents “simplicity at its absolute best”. Her menu is also ultra-flexible, allowing you to choose up to five courses at will, from a summery dish of tomatoes served with Cornish mussels, slivers of lardo and seaweed butter to caramelised Amalfi lemon tart or a voguish pairing of Brillat-Savarin cheesecake, lemon and blueberries with cucumber sorbet. 

In between, there are pitch-perfect, seasonally vigorous pastas (perhaps agnolotti ‘in brodo’ with white onion purée, wild onions and Parmesan or little parcels of sweetcorn and ricotta tortelli with lobster and tarragon), while mains might bring anything from a gutsy plate of sea bass, fennel ragù and roasted red peppers to lamb loin and sweetbreads partnered by coco beans and trompette mushrooms.

Service is warm and “very attentive”, set lunches are terrific value, and the massive international wine list pays full homage to the glories of Italian regional viticulture (just ask the brilliant sommelier for guidance).  “Everything is a delight”, confirms one fan, and we’re not about to argue with that.

About Murano

Murano is Angela Hartnett’s Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair, which serves up the chef’s signature honed Italian cookery. The space is warm and welcoming, and the simple style of the food does away with the commonly fussy dressings of traditional fine dining. The a la carte changes regularly and features just a choice few dishes per day, making the most of seasonal produce.

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Special Features
Chef’s table, Vegetarian options
People
Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for Murano

20 Queen Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5PP

020 7495 1127

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Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6.30-11pm

Reviews of Murano

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Namita S

Good Overall
26 September 2019   - Verified Diner

 Great food, boring interiors and atmosphere

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warren M

06 August 2019  
Faultless in every area.

Belinda C

09 July 2019  
Stunning Italian food, very relaxed despite being "upmarket" and excellent service.

Evelyn B

08 July 2019  
Exquisite modern Italian with a light touch Lovely ambience Efficient and unobtrusive service.

Paul A

Not up to standard
20 May 2019  

Our visit did not start too well. The welcome was fairly summary and we were shown to a table uncomfortably close to the stand at which the front of house staff gathered. My request to be moved was met with a shrug of the shoulders, and we were taken to a smaller table at the far end of the dining room, which in fact had the benefit of a good view of the kitchen, although this did not entirely compensate for the lack of space on the table.  There is no tasting menu, so we chose from each of the five groups of dishes offered, our first selection being being the seared scallop, which was tasty but far less than melt-in-the mouth. I left it and expressed my disappointment to the waiter, who returned a little later to inform us that chef had found nothing wrong with it as it was only seared. Clearly I was just a paying customer with no taste. Not how to run a starred restaurant in my opinion, and in complete contrast to the attitude in the restaurant we dined in the previous evening. Obviously I tried not to let the first course cloud the picture for the rest of the meal. Our agnolotti presented a pretty picture with good balance between the exceptional morels, the notable herbiness of the pasta and the cheese, and this dish was followed by some of the best asparagus we’ve ever had, from a small grower in Essex, with perfectly done hazelnuts making for a good taste and crunch match and topped off with good parmesan. We never turn down the chance of having Cornish turbot, and even though it was a tiny portion its class showed, as did that of the St George’s mushroom, of which we unfortunately got just one, as was the case with the white asparagus. The fish was done in what appeared to be the set method for the restaurant, namely seared, but this time properly. The final Spring Menu course was very good pork belly and loin with a good old-fashioned match of apple sauce and mash, plus fruit with mild mustard and decent stuffed cabbage. From the separate dessert menu we ordered lovely Amalfi lemon tart which was well caramelised to balance the strong lemon, and a peanut mousse, chocolate and banana sorbet concoction which went down well. Our fresh mint tea was served in one ungenerous pot for two people. There were a few lovely elements to this meal but overall nothing that sparked the chain of appreciative remarks we had hoped to be making. We almost had the impression that the good was sufficient and that most of the staff were more or less going through the motions. Typical of the situation was the fact that our request for a copy of the menu to take away seemed to throw the waitress and we were simply provided with sheets removed from the presentation folder - there was no indication of the name of the restaurant nor any further details. We found this lacking in professionalism. At least cost of the scallop dish was deducted from the bill!

 

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Lloyd S

Fantastic Italian Lunch
23 April 2019  

A visit to Murano will always be a highlight of my dining calendar especially as I am a lover of Italian food. So therefore it came as a great surprise when I realised that it's been over two years since my last visit. But I will honestly say that after this fabulous lunch I definitely won't be leaving it that long before I return again. There's always a nice relaxed feel when you dine at Murano and this was enhanced once more during our visit on saturday . We arrived to the usual friendly greeting before being shown to our table which was along the far wall which gives you a great overall view of the restaurant. We started with an Italian Gin & Tonic and for me when having Italian food it has to be a Negroni. These were enjoyed along with some amazing snacks & bread while we browsed through the menu. The Al a Carte is set out into five sections in an Italian style i.e starters , pasta , fish & meat with a separate dessert menu. This is nice as it gives you the opportunity to create your own tasting menu if you so wish. There is also a lunch menu which I think is good value for money and was quite popular. 

We decided to go for the four course option to be followed by dessert. So now it was on to our first courses which were a Pea & Wild Garlic Soup with a Smoked Trout Crostini & a Beef Carpaccio with Pecan , Caviar & Truffle. Both of these dishes were amazing and a perfect way to start. 

Before our next course we received a delightful surprise as Chef Martina sent us out a couple of little extra dishes. These were the Scallop with Chicken Wing , Taramasalata & Grapefruit plus a Herb Agnolotti , Morels & Crottin de Chavignol. These dishes were fabulous and a nice touch from the chef. 

Now it was on to our Pasta course where we enjoyed a Carnaroli Risotto with Cauliflower & Smoked Almonds as well as the Gnocchi with Cime de Rapa , Pecorino & Tomato Oil. 

Next to come was the Fish course and these were both amazing. The Halibut with Herb Farfalle , Chicken Broth & Spring Vegetables was a delight as was the Cornish Brill , White Asparagus , Jersey Royals & Marjoram. 

It was now time for our Mains the first being a Rib of Beef with Sunchoke , Porcini & Smoked Bone Marrow this was matched perfectly with a glass of Taurasi Sant ' Eustachio 2007. The second was a Herdwick Lamb , Braised Neck , Sweetbreads , Peas & Goats Curd which was also delightfully matched with a glass of San Leonardo Villa Gresti 2013. I'd to thank Sommelier Franco for her excellent wine pairings that accompanied all our dishes. 

Now it was time to finish with dessert where our waiter Lorenzo who it was a pleasure to meet gave us his recommendations with his favourite being the Rum Baba. With that in mind we decided to choose the Peanut Mousse with Madagascan Chocolate & Banana Sorbet plus the Savarin Cheesecake with Lemon Blueberry & Cucumber Sorbet. A nice surprise was to come though as not only did our choice of desserts arrive but our waiters favourite Rum Baba also arrived and just like our choices it was delicious so thank you Lorenzo. 

Before we finished with a coffee & petit fours we was asked if we'd like to see the kitchen and meet the Chef. With delight we said that would great and enjoyed a lovely chat with Martina while the rest of the team were either finishing of the lunch dishes or prepping for the evening. This really was a fantastic way to end our lunch which is definitely one I won't forget in a hurry. The food was amazing , the wine selections were excellent and staff were all very friendly and professional so yes I would highly recommend a visit

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KIMBERLY K

09 April 2019  
Amazing food, great wine list, fabulous service, inviting and calming ambience.

Sara G

31 July 2018  
The perfect combination of atmosphere, privacy, food and service always faultless.

Simon B

11 July 2018  
Never fails to disappoint. Great seasonal menu selections, excellent wine list and friendly service.

Tricia A

27 June 2018  
Simplicity at its absolute best.

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