Avenue Avenue
7-9 St. James's St.
London, SW1A 1EE
020-7321 2111
Cuisine: Modern British
Impressive, somewhat austere restaurant in St. James's for seasonal modern British cooking.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.


Avenue Restaurant Review:

Avenue’s room is vast and white, enlivened with red banquettes, with a bar at the front that leads into the restaurant behind. It goes from being very noisy in the early evening to the odd dead time, though the ever-changing art on the walls always provides a good talking point particularly among the art dealers who frequent the place. The kitchen concentrates on fresh ingredients and seasonal dishes --- a summer chilled tomato and watermelon soup, followed by roast bream with crushed new potatoes, crème fraîche, courgettes and an unusual lemon grass sauce. Desserts go traditional: everyone must try the Eton mess in summer, a much more attractive dish than its name would suggest. Overall, Avenue is a good meeting place and the bar serves a range of small plates. Set lunch menu, 2 courses £19.50, 3 courses £23.50.

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