Review: Avenue Restaurant

Friday, July 30, 2021

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There really is something about sauntering down to St James’s. One almost feels whisked back to a time gone-by.

Avenue Restaurant is part of the wonderful D&D family and sits nestled into South St James’s a few doors down from Berry Bros & Rudd.

The inviting tall glass windowed restaurant and bar has been a regular of the St James’s suits, for years.

We started the visit with a glass of bubbles, always a nice welcome and perused the British Isles focused menu, with a wonderful offering including pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Chef Rudi Warner, who is Michelin-trained, has worked with Pierre Koffman and Ollie Dabbous among others.

Our starters consisted of hand-dived Orkney scallops with wonderfully fresh young peas and a slow roast Oxtail. Both dishes were recommended to us and were utterly delicious.

Starter of hand-dived Orkney scallops

When we visited there was Live Jazz duo which provided a delightful backdrop. Dinner and entertainment is most definitely a favoured option post-lockdown; and a speciality of the group!

Our main courses consisted of:

Confit sea trout, crushed pink-fir potatoes, turnip buttermilk and a delicious cucumber.

Poached Native, yes native, Lobster, lemon sole mousse and a shell bisque.

The lobster is so delectable, with the lemon sole mousse being something we didn’t know we needed in our lives!

Both dishes paired with a bottle of Viognier.

We finished off the evening with a cheese plate, cocktails and listening to the live musical duo.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend for fun weekday dinners, late lunches and weekend brunch.

Thanks to Avenue Restaurant for inviting us.

Images courtesy Mayfair Curated