Avenue is a stunning restaurant in St James’s offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The grand bar catches your eye as you walk in with comfortable sofa’s to sip your cocktails and a lovely swing surrounded by florals.
The restaurant centres around a spectacular decanting bar, above which a huge illuminated chandelier sparkles with wine glasses. Although Avenue is clearly a gorgeous restaurant, the staff were friendly from the outset and we surprisingly found ourselves feel so relaxed in such a stunning environment.
Martin Miller Gin Cocktails
We love that the D&D restaurants love Martin Miller Gin as much as we do. The gin is distilled in England in a pot still using two separate distillations which imparts a unique balance of citrus and juniper. It is blende with Icelandic Spring water which gives the gin its gentle softness.
The best bit is the Five @ Five offer. From 5-7pm Monday-Friday, customers can enjoy Martin Miller’s gin cocktails for just £5 (normally £10). We sipped on a Westbourne Clover Club: Martin Miller’s Westbourne Gin, Dry Vermouth, lemon, sugar syrup, half an egg white, raspberries and a Basil Martini: Martin Miller’s Gin, Limoncello, basil, lemon, absinthe mist.
Both were beautifully presented and we so wanted to steal the Basil Martini glass which was stunning! The Clover Club is a favourite of mine as its is delicate and floral without being too sweet.
The brassiere inspired menu is directed by Head Chef Andras Katona and has a great choice of contemporary dishes. The starters include favourites including crab on toast and tuna and beef tartare. However, we opted for a couple of dishes from the “nibbles” section.
The Montgomery cheese & onion croquettes (£5.5) were bite sized delights oozing with cheese. The Salt & pepper squid with sweet chilli sauce was a little thin for our liking but definitely had that lovely salt and pepper taste.
We couldn’t keep our eyes off Mr Frank’s 12 Hour spiced beef short rib, 450g, fat chips (£24) and it came recommended so we clearly had to order it. We were presented with a giant piece of meat on the bone that looked like it was going to defeat us! The meat was so tender falling off the bone – it was a fantastic dish.
On the meat theme we also tucked into Steak & Chips, Flat iron, French fries (£16.5). It was a little tougher than we would have liked but still tasty with the Bearnaise sauce (£2). We also ordered a side of tender stem broccoli (£4) which was a decent portion and perfectly accompanied the meat dishes.
We were pretty stuffed at this point so we decided to share dessert. The Valrhona chocolate tart, mascarpone, gold leaf (£7) sounded amazing so we had to give it a go. The chocolate melted in your mouth without being too rich – a great end to our meal. Our waiter also discovered it was my friend’s birthday and brought over a mini dessert with “happy birthday” written on the plate in white chocolate. A really lovely touch.
Avenue restaurant in St James’s is a stunning venue but isn’t pretentious – exactly how we like it. We felt welcome from beginning to end and our waiter, Alfonso, really went the extra mile.
Make sure you visit for the £5 cocktails and we look forward to heading back to try the brunch menu on weekends.
East London Girl: Avenue
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