RestaurantsLondonSt James'sSW1

survey result

Summary

£83
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This three-year-old, near Piccadilly Circus – in the glossy St James’s Market development – is an offshoot of one of Manhattan’s most celebrated restaurant stalwarts, and here, as in NYC, “everything is made following Nordic traditions creating really delicious dishes” with “great Scandinavian fish and meat” (“even the bread is something you won’t forget”). But while to some reporters its big windows and expensive decor are “truly glamorous”, to others the ambience is “cold”“a bit see-and-be-seen, and somehow a bit soulless”.

Summary

£83
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This two-year-old, near Piccadilly Circus – in the glossy St James’s Market development – is an offshoot of one of Manhattan’s most celebrated restaurant stalwarts, and here, as in NYC, “everything is made following Nordic traditions creating really delicious dishes” with “great Scandinavian fish and meat” (“even the bread is something you won’t forget”). But while to some reporters its big windows and expensive decor are “truly glamorous”, to others the ambience is “cold”“a bit see-and-be-seen, and somehow a bit soulless”.

Summary

£77
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A bit of a goldfish bowl with big windows” – this “awesome-looking” St James’s yearling (sibling to one of NYC’s most famous restaurants) has yet to reach its full potential. To fans it’s “a big, bustling, brassy brasserie with really well-executed Scandi food (and cracking Aquavit)” that’s “an excellent place to impress”; to sceptics, it “somehow lacks something”“it looks beautiful, but feels cold and clinical” and the food is “quite sophisticated, but a bit soulless, mixed in realisation, and not a patch on the one in Manhattan”.

Summary

£77
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With its “classy and spacious” Manhattan-esque decor, this spin-off from the Big Apple’s acclaimed Nordic fine dining stalwart, in the new St James’s Market development, is “ideal for people-watching”, and – with its “clean-tasting Scandi fare from exceptional ingredients” – both “a great addition” to the capital, and one that’s “perfect for a business lunch”. On the downside, the “cavernous space is slightly sterile”, and muted ratings overall mean this is “not yet a chip off the NYC block”.

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Restaurant details

60, 15
No dress code
6

Aquavit Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Aquavit Restaurant in SW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Aquavit restaurant.
Steven B
First visit for lunch. Lovely very spacious...
Reviewed 9 days ago

"First visit for lunch. Lovely very spacious ground floor dining room. Lift to all floors is nice. Service attentive from arrival. We opted against the now ubiquitous Q code menu on line and were given a small printed version. Glasses essential! It's not cheap. Wine glass starts at £10 and it's small. Lunch menu is rather dull so prepare to order off the menu . That said it was great. Bread basket is mixed - scandi rye amazing, sourdough seemed almost stale. 3 types of herrings presented in little glass tubs were tasty and generous; Halibut was medium size, slightly dry on top ( too long under a lamp?) but really juicy inside. Jansson's temptation was an amazing baked vegetable with potato. Dessert proved a strong finish. Lots of texture with excellent ice- cream. Save space for them! "

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Victoria J
Outstanding scandinavian. High quality de...
Reviewed 9 days ago

"Outstanding scandinavian. High quality decor wood and granite. Quiet. Didn't have the set lunch as that wasn't scandi. Delicious bread. Three types of herring, amazing desserts. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£37.00 £11.50 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £36.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
St James’s Market, 1 Carlton St, London, SW1Y 4QQ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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