Avenue

Byron House, 7-9 St. James's Street, St James's, London, SW1A 1EE

Avenue restaurant and bar brings a shot of Manhattan-inspired glamour to St James with striking contemporary interiors and artwork.

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Review Summary from 2 reviews

Address
Byron House, 7-9 St. James's Street, St James's, London, SW1A 1EE

Telephone
020 7321 2111

Cuisine
American

Other Branches
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Region
St James's

Nearest Station
Green Park (0.20 miles)

Website
http://www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk/

Opening Summary

Mon - Fri:
Bar 10.00 - 22.30
Restaurant 12.00 - 15.00 / 17.30 - 22.30

Sat:
Bar 11.00 - 22.30
Restaurant 11.00 - 15.00 / 17.30 - 22.30

Sunday Brunch (commencing 12th April) 11.00 - 15.00

Restaurant Facilities

Disabled Facilities

Children Welcome

Credit Cards Accepted

Music Played

Private Area

Booking Advisable

In February 2014, D&D’s Avenue restaurant in St James’s re-launched with a new look and an American-inspired menu. Avenue is open for lunch and dinner, with a menu boasting contemporary American dishes such as Clam chowder served in sourdough with littleneck clams and paper bag ‘crumbled’ bay crackers and 45-day-aged USDA flat iron steak with pastrami butter, celeriac fries and dill mayo. Sharing dishes from the Josper Grill will include Brooklyn Rooster – proper chicken prime cuts, wings and oysters with a buffalo sauce and a pitcher of Brooklyn tap and KC suckling pig butt with spiced bacon and pecan cabbage, cinder potato and sour cream, topped off with desserts such as Donut holes warm on parchment with cinnamon sugar, Hershey melt and JD custard.

Avenue is also open for brunch on Saturday's from 11am - 3pm, boasting some of the best American breakfasts in London. From Sunday 12th April 2015 we will also be extending our brunch to Sunday's so you can enjoy us all weekend long.

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All In London Review

Vast and yet intimate at the same time...

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Occupying something of a cavernous space on St James Street, Avenue is one of those restaurants that feels somewhat vast and yet intimate at the same time. The venue promises 'an explosive influence of Asian-inspired dishes, with a South American twist' and so with a new menu on offer, dinner beckoned.

I didn't realise until arrival that I'd been before, (for a particularly disastrous brunch a couple of years ago involving multiple undercooked eggs) probably a good thing as it meant walking in with no preconceptions. The space is huge, thanks to striking high ceilings and its central rack of wine glasses forming something of a modern art sculpture certainly lends an impressive air.

The new menu culinary regions that circumference the 'Ring of Fire' and with a set menu on offer at certain times throughout March (two courses for £20 with a glass of wine, or 3 for £25 with bubbles) it's worth noting as the time arrives to switch up our tastebuds from winter comfort food to some altogether fresher flavours.

The sea bass ceviche, accompanied with a zingy mix of mango, lime and avocado, was a deliciously delicate way to start the meal and the spiced tuna tartare with tobiko, yuzu emulsion and rice nori cracker showcased a lovely pairing of textures, if a little underwhelming on the taste front.

With mains including Gochujang marinated lamb and slow cooked glazed pork belly with green mango and ginger as well as options like New York strip loin chimichuri and miso glazed tuna from the Robata grill, you're not sure on options. The native lobster, with a (un)healthy dose of smoked lime butter certainly didn't disappoint, succulently juicy flesh and claw meat as good as that which I devoured on an Antiguan beach a few years ago. Served with a side of fries (nothing particularly special to report), it admittedly could have done with a bit of a side salad to accompany it.

The dessert list has on a couple of exotic inspired options, but a Madagascar vanilla poached pineapple carpaccio with a coconut sorbet proved the right choice, refreshingly zingy and a perfectly light way to end the meal. The wine list was exceptional and while I can't quite remember the details of the wine expertly chosen to accompany our food by the sommelier (who undoubtedly made a better selection than I would have) it was a delicious crisp white. Note to self - write it down next time, or take a photo of the label.

This visit to Avenue was pleasingly more successful than my last and while the restaurant had all but emptied by the time we left at 9.30, given that it was a weeknight and St James's is hardly the most packed part of town, it actually made for quite a pleasant evening. I'll certainly be back soon to see if they've picked up their brunch game since my last visit.

Reviewed by Laurel
Published on Mar 9, 2018


Sleek Avenue offers hearty American food

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Avenue is part of the D&D stable, the restaurant group once chaired by Sir Terence Conran. They currently run over 30 restaurants in London, from legendary Quaglino’s to the Dockland’s Butler’s Wharf Chop House. This is their swish all-day eatery in St. James’s; the menu has vogueish American cuisine, from grits and sausages at breakfast time through to clam chowder for dinner. Despite the hearty food it’s the kind of elegant restaurant where the staff wear such smart uniforms it’s hard to tell them apart from the customers; it’s also been designed by the ever-popular Russell Sage, but the décor is so neutral it reminds us of the interior of a hotel restaurant.

American food is not known for its diet-friendly properties, but as a slightly odd complement to their menu for the next couple of months Avenue are offering a range of fresh vegetable and fruit juices courtesy of a company called Radiance Cleanse. The juicing trend is becoming as popular over here as it is in New York, with many celebs subscribing to days at a time of consuming nothing but juice; we of course go for a full breakfast. Frittata bianca, an egg white omelette with salty Parma ham is delicious, and we also like the cheesy grits with rich sausage and gravy, paired with a doughy biscuit.

And the juices? There are four available. The deep green Chloro Coco is made with coconut water and liquid chlorophyll, a substance better known for giving plants their colour but good for stimulating the bowels in humans. Vital Green is an earthy-tasting drink made from cucumbers, apples, limes, spinach and parsley; equally earthy is Deep Roots, with courgettes, apples, fennel, broccoli and beetroot. Those who prefer traditional flavours might like Rise and Shine, a sweet concoction of ginger, pineapple and orange.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Aug 26, 2014


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User Reviews

Reviewed by Susie
Avenue is quite old-school in its approach, but that's not a bad thing. It's located in London's prestigious St James's and has decor and service to match; decadent, luxurious and professional. The food was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed my evening with friends.

Aug 28, 2014

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