I often get asked about my favourite restaurants in London… the Salt Yard group nearly always features amongst my top eateries list. I have tried them all: Salt Yard, Dehesa, Opera Tavern, Ember Yard and now Veneta, and can truly vouch for the high quality of inventive food, the welcoming concepts and the convivial atmosphere, in all five restaurants.
Last week I joined a small group of foodies for a tasting feast of Ben Tish’s new menu at Veneta. We were joined by Venetian chef and Instagram sensation, Skye Mc Alpine who added a touch of whimsical charm to the lunch, decorating the tables with beautiful objects and inspiring us all with her knowledge of Italian cuisine.
Veneta is the proud owner of a decadent raw bar, and we were treated to a beautiful spread of fresh seafood from Rose shrimps marinated in lardo to Crab with spiced mayonnaise.
After taking endless photos of the amazing spread we sat down for a wonderfully civilised meal. Samples of Veneta’s pasta, fish, meat and vegetarian dishes arrived in quick succession, all smelling and looking delicious.
My favourite recipes were the Chicken braised in almond milk with Medjool dates and saffron and the Wild mushroom and asiago pie and pumpkin cream with sage. Both were exceptional combinations of appealing textures and contrasting flavours. Porcini and truffle risotto with gremolata was comforting and tasty with a woody warmth from the mushrooms and luxurious truffle, the perfect Autumn dish.
Dessert included a sublime flourless chocolate, chestnut and rosemary cake made by Skye, and topped with romantic wilting roses. It seemed a shame to cut into the decorative masterpiece.
Veneta is found in the new St James’s development nearby to Piccadilly station. With a menu of brilliant Venetian food, a lavish raw bar and a typically Italian hot chocolate machine, there is something for everyone, at any time of day.
More information about Veneta and book a table here.