Sophisticated Dining & Friday Night Live Music at Avenue St. James 

January 17, 2018

For something a little different on a Friday night, you just have to try Avenue St. James at Piccadilly, for a sophisticated dining experience and gorgeous food and cocktails in a beautiful setting.

There are hundreds of restaurants in London that offer cocktails, but not all of them have a mixologist at the helm who really knows his drinks!  Head barman Chris Calvert who has won many a cocktail creating competition is able to mix you up the most mouthwatering of concoctions and you should absolutely try one at the bar before you sit down to dinner.  There’s a stunning list to choose from, but we’d recommend the signature St. James (£12) made with Tanqueray 10, elderflower cordial, rosemary and grapefruit bitters – a refreshing combo to really get the tastebuds going.

The restaurant itself is stunning and appears to go on forever thanks to a huge mirrored backdrop which is so well polished you’d be forgiven for trying to walk through it!  Spacious and airy with huge ceilings and a beautifully lit elegant central chandelier made up of wine glasses, make Avenue St James really stand out.  Our top tip would be to try and book a table on the cosy mezzanine level which definitely has the best views in the house.

The menu is delicious with plenty of choice and well presented dishes.  We absolutely loved the Octopus Carpaccio – great texture and beautifully fresh flavour, served with juicy piquillo peppers on top and lime and coriander for some zing (£12).  The Duck Liver and Date Terrine (£9.50) was another stunning starter with a lovely sweet chutney to compliment the terrine and chunky sourdough to accompany it.

Realising quite quickly that pretty much every offering on the menu at Avenue St. James is pretty fabulous, we toyed with the Aberdeeen Angus Rib Eye, the Native Lobster and the Loch Duart Salmon, but in the end, we just couldn’t resist the Chateaubriand for two, served with Asian slaw, shiso béarnaise and fat chips (£76).

The thick cut of the meat was just perfect – the steak itself, melt-in-the-mouth perfection and the chips, beautifully cooked and definitely fat!  I loved the Asian fusion twist – the shiso provided a lovely cinnamon like flavour to the béarnaise sauce and the slaw added crunch and texture.

For dessert, we enjoyed a gorgeous Tokaji from the immense list of wines to go with our Lime and Ginger Cheesecake, white chocolate and yuzu cream (£8) which was a great choice and a fabulous end to a gorgeous meal with a good biscuit base and a great balance of lime and ginger which went so well with the dessert wine.

After dinner, the bar area at Avenue St. James is the perfect place to enjoy another of Chris’ delicious cocktails while listening to the fabulous live band and letting your food digest.

For a Friday night dinner with flare in Central London, Avenue St. James is most definitely a brilliant choice.

Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield

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