Venice, one of the most romantic cities on the globe, inspiration for Canaletto, Hemingway and the James Bond people, with nearly as many canals as Birmingham and a history that’s rich with intrigue, power and greed. But has it got an M&M World?
Well Venetian sophistication is coming to the West End. One of the most luxurious restaurants in the floating city is Harry’s Bar, famous for its Bellinis and its carpaccio, both of which it lays claim to. Quite how you ‘invent’ raw meat is a mystery, and personally I think they should have quit after the Bellini, but uncooked cow fans out there are flocking to Venice, and now they can come to James Street off St Christopher’s Place too.
London’s Harry’s Bar is in fact named after Harry’s Bar the Mayfair club, which itself takes its cue from Harry’s Bar in Venice (are you following?). The new opening will retain all the grandeur of its namesake, with sumptuous leather banquettes, panelling and artwork, but the menu will also echo the luxurious heritage, with Italian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner (brunchers fear not, there’ll be a signature weekend brunch menu), plus a special Cicchetti menu (the small plates they serve in Venetian Bacari bars), perfect for al fresco drinks on the extensive terrace. The kitchen will be overseen by Diego Cardoso, who has previously worked with Michelin-star-ee Angela Hartnett Mayfair Italian Murano so expect big things.
So when does Harry’s arrive? Well good news: it’s opening today! So grab a mask and head to Venice (er, Oxford Street).
32-34 James Street, Marylebone, W1U 1ER