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“Definitely one of London’s top Italian restaurants” – Heinz Beck (who has three stars for La Pergola, in Rome, and whose last London venture was at Apsleys, RIP) has achieved a much better showcase for his classic Italian approach at this new incarnation for the main dining room at Mayfair’s grand Brown’s Hotel. Until recently it traded as Hix Mayfair (now RIP), and the spacious room itself now has a much more “stylish and comfortable” atmosphere than formerly, with bold floral wallpaper above its traditional wood panelling, and feels “so relaxed and convivial”. The opening has achieved mixed newspaper reviews and accusations of being over-engineered, but our feedback is much more upbeat. Even fans acknowledge that it’s “not cheap”, but – by the same token – even the one disappointed reporter who thought the high cost made it “incredibly bad value” acknowledged the food is good. All-in-all, the majority view is that the experience is to be “very highly recommended”, not least owning to “a simply scrumptious menu (with plenty of pasta, fish and meat options)”, which delivers dishes that are “apparently simple but very skilfully produced, and presented in a stylish yet unfussy manner”. A thumbs-up to the “efficient and friendly staff” too, including the “well-informed and helpful sommelier” who presides over an “interesting and long wine list”.
Beck at Brown’s is a relaxed dining restaurant, offering a light menu of Italian classics in the heart of Mayfair. At its core the restaurant has the inimitable Italian style Heinz Beck refined over his years running kitchens in Italy - the lauded 3 michelin starred La Pergola in Rome and Attimi, his recently opened more casual outpost. The dishes use the highest quality seasonal British and Italian ingredients, such as organic lamb from the Rhug estate and brocoletti Romani from Lazio farmers. Each dish is crafted by Heinz to create an Italian menu which showcases the diversity in cooking techniques throughout the country, from the more hearty meat and fish dishes found in the mountainous north to the fresh, citrusy flavours in the sun-drenched south.
Beck at Brown’s, Brown’s Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Lunch here is good value at about £30 plus service. Presentation is excellent - really pretty without looking over the top. Portions sizes are OK although starters are more modest. Mains lack a lot of vegetables We had excellent venison and decent hake Wine seems VERY expensive - Beware succumbing to the temptation of that glass of champagne when you arrive. No glasses of wine at all under £10 - but our Malbec was outstanding"
"Everything was excellent, although, I only a wanted a glass of wine which started at £11. It was great but still added significantly to the cost. The ambience was lovely and quiet and comfortable but prices are aimed at expense accounts."
"My partner and I ate at Beck on the last evening of the soft launch. The wine list is interesting and long, whilst the Italian menu is simply scrumptious, with plenty of pasta, fish and meat options. Our dishes were well-presented and delicious, with quality ingredients cooked in a stylish, but unfussy manner. Service from the largely Italian staff was very friendly and relaxed at the same time as being efficient and professional, whilst the sommelier was well-informed and helpful. The dining room is stylish and comfortable, with tables adequately spaced and sound levels reasonable. It was a real pleasure to enjoy a wonderfully delicious meal in such relaxed and convivial surroundings. There was nothing to dislike about Beck at Brown's, as the staff worked hard to ensure that guests, including my partner and I, had a wonderful dinner - it's thanks to them creating such a relaxed atmosphere that we enjoyed a lovely evening. Very highly recommended."