When we heard that D & D restaurant, Avenue on St James Street was re-launching we couldn’t wait to see the end result, we had heard big things and we weren’t disappointed because heck was it good!
The restaurant is almost unrecognisable from its former days – inspired by a Manhattan loft, it is chic and sophisticated, (it’s the sort of place you want to be taken on a date to, or could while away an evening drinking cocktails with your friends) yet still fresh and relaxed. With gold, nude and navy tones the restaurant is broken up into a long, high bar and low sofas and table where guests were starting the night with cocktails – and a mix of small tables and larger round tables. The walls are adorn with art work from up and coming artists although it was the huge, sparkling chandelier that stole the show – made from wine glasses it hung in the middle of the room and garnered everyone’s attention.
When we visited on a Tuesday the place was buzzing, the bar was full as were most of the tables – and the waiters seem to be thriving on the bustle – they were funny, friendly and the sommelier was very knowledgeable.
The menu is New American and we started with fried soft shell crab which arrived as a whole crab – claws and all it was beautifully buttery and the chipotle mayonnaise gave it a fiery kick. A wonderfully light scallop ceviche was served topped with green tomato, jalapeno sauce and extra jalapenos.
We followed this with lobster mac – which I have no doubt will become a firm favourite at Avenue, it was creamy and rich with great chunks of lobster muddled through it and absolutely delicious. We may have also ordered a side of the blue cheese and Parmesan macaroni on recommendation that even though we already had macaroni we couldn’t afford to miss out on this one and whilst two plates of might be a little indulgent, I’m certainly glad we did.
Rounding things off we ordered the hazelnut and pecan brownie with cream and butterscotch sauce – the hunk of brownie was dense, sweet and filled with hazelnuts but seemed to be lacking in pecans and although the butterscotch sauce was surprisingly thin it made up for it with an intense buttery, caramel flavour – you just needed a good glug of it.
D & D really have made Avenue into a great restaurant and needless to say we will be back.