December 2018: It has been announce that Fera will close on New Year's Eve 2018. There is a rumour that hot Manhattan restaurant Eleven Madison Park may soon move in, although the hotel is keeping quiet until the New Year. January 2019 - See Davies & Brook.
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“Seemingly doing just fine post-Simon Rogan” – this “beautiful” Art Deco chamber appears to have shrugged off the loss of the L’Enclume chef in April 2017, and although Matt Starling’s ambitious cuisine is maybe a fraction less highly rated, most reports are of meals that are “perfect in every way” (even “if, like me, you were/are a Rogan fan, Fera should remain on your list!”). The “gracious and comfortable space” is “made to impress” (and “lends itself to romance or business”); “caring” service “puts you at your ease”; and where the cooking is concerned (experienced via the à la carte or the five-course and seven-course tasting menus) “you really feel the passion for the ingredients and, although stylish, there’s no sacrifice of substance and flavour”. Top Tip: “it can seem pricey unless set lunch is selected – £42 for an impeccably prepared three courses”.
“Here’s hoping it sustains its magic post Simon Rogan” – In April 2017, the L’Enclume chef terminated his tenure at this “beautiful Art Deco chamber”, leaving his head chef Matt Starling to maintain the “exotic and quixotic” dishes (“delicately balanced between being intriguing and not daunting”) that have placed this famously elegant hotel’s dining room firmly in London’s first rank. Claridge’s had a good record of running this restaurant prior to any celebrity involvement, and – though there may be some bumps after his departure – we’d wager this “superb” all-rounder will maintain its appeal.
“Utterly sublime on every level” – Simon Rogan’s three-year-old tenure in this “luxurious” (and “surprisingly large”) Art Deco dining room has hit an even stride, providing “mindblowing food that’s experimental and fun”, “warm service” and a “glorious” atmosphere (although “the earthenware plates do clash a bit with the decor”). “It’s not a budget option” (“prices are unjustifiable” for a few reporters) but, Top Tip – “set lunch is fantastic value”. This year Rogan also added the new Aulis ‘6-seat development table’ in a private room off the kitchen: “a magical, innovative dining experience – what makes it incredible is listening to Dan talk about the ingredients, how the team came across it, and the thinking and creative process behind each course.”
After a dazzling debut, Simon Rogan’s second year in this “stunning” Art Deco chamber still inspires adulation for his “wizard” tasting menus and “astonishingly good wine matches”. Prices, however, are “breathtaking”, and ratings slipped perceptibly across the board this year, with growing gripes about “an absence of fireworks”.
49 Brook St, London, W1K 4HR
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