I think this is day 1 for Cafe Murano, Angela Hartnett’s new solo venture with head chef Samantha Williams. It is also my sister’s birthday (more or less) so we all went for lunch. I love Angela Hartnett, and this new restaurant is a triumph – very beautiful ingredients, perfectly executed – not a single mis-step.
We ate a lot. We always do:
Brilliant rosemary focaccia – stunning texture, served with my favourite Planeta olive oil.
Truffle arancini – crisp, light, golden outsides, melting insides:
Fabulous quality mozzarella with charred aubergine and basil
Then pasta – linguine with red mullet, garlic and chili, so simple and such clear flavours
and more pasta – gnocchi with wild mushrooms, parsley and garlic
and risotto Milanese, osso bucco
and then lamb
and chicken escalope….and tiramisu. (Oh dear – internet has slowed down due to the rain, thanks again Virgin Media, for your consistently reliable service.) Well I’ll come back and post those photos later…
Suffice to say, the whole meal was phenomenally delicious. When it reverts to full Mayfair prices this Wednesday, it will still be good value, because the food is of a fantastically high quality. This is the sort of cooking I love – confident, non-show-offy, and with the eater’s enjoyment in mind at all times.