D&D London’s Avenue Restaurant in St James’, Mayfair has reopened with its new Head Chef Rudi Warner at the helm. The appointment of Warner (previously Blueprint Café) brings an entirely new menu and foodie focus to Avenue, making the restaurant a must-visit when in London.
Michelin-trained Rudi has worked with some of the finest in the culinary world including Pierre Koffmann (La Tante Claire, Koffmann’s at the Berkeley), Ollie Dabbous (HIDE), and Tony Fleming (Angler, L’oscar Hotel). He was previously Head Chef at Blueprint Café and prior to that, he was Senior Sous Chef at L’Oscar. Rudi’s progression to Head Chef and his years of experience in the industry is evidenced in his ambitious yet considered menus.
Serving simple, refined dishes with a focus on premium British ingredients, Warner’s contemporary new menu draws inspiration from his creativity and classical training. The menu boasts an exciting array of dishes such as; Chilled English pea soup, gooseberries, spearmint and Beaux Valley olive oil and Elderflower cured salmon, shaved fennel, preserved lemon. Main dishes include; Cornish day boat turbot fillet, wilted garlic leaf, wild green asparagus, béarnaise sauce and Courgette & basil pearl barley, summer beans, peas, pine nuts. To round off the meal, diners can indulge in the deliciously sweet Bakewell tart, cherry blossom ice cream or end on a lighter note with the Ripe Gariguette strawberry salad, sorbet, long pepper.
An extensive drinks menu features wines from around the world as well as classic cocktails from pre and post prohibition as well as those from the Prohibition Era including Bee’s Knees – Tanqueray Gin, Honey, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Orange Juice and Blood & Sand – Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch, Belsazar Sweet Vermouth, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Fresh Blood Orange Juice.
Avenue Restaurant is the perfect setting for a delicious meal in relaxed yet enchanting surroundings as the restaurant revolves around a spectacular central decanting bar, with a beautiful, illuminated chandelier constructed from wine glasses.