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SquareMeal Review of Norma

Silver Award

With celebrated chef Ben Tish at the helm, it was unlikely Norma was ever going to be a flop. Tish is the owner of a CV that ranges from learning his trade under Jason Atherton to being the chef director of the Salt Yard Group.

This latest venture aims to bring Sicilian food to the capital, with a Moorish twist which reflects the island’s history. Tish’s winning formula of bright, bold flavours and comforting combinations ensure his plates are crowd pleasers.

Our meal began with hunky homemade focaccia accompanied by a jug of bitter, golden olive oil to allow for free pouring. Asking the friendly team for direction threw up a series of plate-scrapingly good small dishes. Fat, sweet cherrystone clams from the raw bar were seasoned unexpectedly with rich saffron and spiky shallots, cleansing the palate for the next course.

Caponata, which is famously a labour of love thanks to the complex recipe stages that include batch frying the aubergine before stewing it with the other veg, was sweet and sour and the kind of thing you regret agreeing to share no matter how much you like the person sitting opposite you. Smoked cod roe dip offset with sweet charred onions was another gem.

Thoughtfully, the team here offer pasta in small or large portions, to allow greedy-eyed menu hogs to try more than is necessary. Despite it being the signature dish, the pasta alla Norma didn’t have the layers of flavour found elsewhere on the menu but with so many other strong contenders it’s a blip we overlooked.

Despite the food being the main reason to come, the drinks are a little bit special too. Homemade limoncello, for instance, makes a nice finisher. Interiors aren’t too shabby either, with North African touches allowing for secluded seating in archways beneath beautiful glass hanging lights.


About Norma

This Sicilian-inspired restaurant is overseen by chef Ben Tish, who previously ran the Salt Yard group and is now culinary director of The Stafford London hotel.

Norma is split across three floors, with the ground floor a restaurant, the first floor a cocktail bar and the top floor a private dining space. You’ll also spy a crudo bar at the restaurant’s entrance, which will serve up fresh seafood dressed in olive oil.

The menu features Sicilian-inspired dishes made using seasonal Italian and British produce – think antipasti and pastas, followed by grilled meat and fish dishes. Those dining in the private space can order family-style sharing platters, while the main restaurant stays open until 10.30pm.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Food Occasions
All day dining

Special offers from Norma

Aperitivo Afternoon Menu

From: 23 September, 2019
To: 20 August, 2029
Our Aperitivo Menu offers you cocktails, drinks and some light bar snacks & crudo. The full menu is available at our lunch time or dinner sessions

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From: 11 September, 2019
To: 14 August, 2029
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Location for Norma

8 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2LS

020 3995 6224


Opening Times

All day
Mon 11:30-00:00
Tue 11:30-00:00
Wed 11:30-00:00
Thu 11:30-00:00
Fri 11:30-00:00
Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-21:00

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