This week Privée checked out The Avenue, part of the D&D group, who are cooking up a storm in their kitchens, capturing the thrills of the New York dining scene with delicious American Cuisine from morning until evening. The newly refurbished sleek and stylish restaurant in St James’s is stunningly contemporary with beautiful art-focused interiors, offering a light and airy dining experience, originally designed by American architect Rick Mather in 1996.
The interiors were later transformed by Russell Sage to give the feel of a desirable Manhattan loft space, surrounded by the buzz of New York. Towards the centre of the restaurant is a dazzling circular Decanting bar, above which a chandelier of wine glasses sparkles. A new gadget at the bar enables guests to order luxurious wines by the glass rather than the bottle, allowing Sommeliers to open the bottle preventing any oxygen in to disrupt the quality.
As well as a spacious dining room, the restaurant offers a private dining room featuring unusual wall art and seating groups 20 at a time, the dining room is well equipped with a television screen for any occasion from sophisticated lunch meetings to small intimate celebrations. Upon arrival, warm and attentive staff greeted us, well versed in Head Chef Mike Blizzard’s developing New York themed menus that changes weekly, as well as exciting French and American driven wine lists.
To start, we were served with a beautiful, fresh fish cake of haddock and cod, carefully paired with a zesty tomato based sauce and a hearty traditional clam chowder in a sour dough bread basket. Our two main courses consisted of a juicy chicken fillet with a carrot puree and spring vegetables and an indulgent lobster ravioli. For dessert we were presented with an array of New York favourites; warm doughnut balls accompanied with 3 pairing sauces, a surprisingly light salted caramel cheesecake and caramel popcorn, a decadent raspberry pavlova with refreshing sorbet and a mouth-watering mud pie.
Overall we thought Avenue’s new look was great, the service one of the most engaging but not over the top we have experienced recently, and importantly in terms of the food we thought it was honest, uncomplicated but very well executed.
We can see this being a Mayfair institution for many years to come. Please contact us for all bookings & private dining requests.