Harden's survey result
“Delicious, different and interesting” – Dabiz Muñoz’s “funky” and “very fun” Mayfair three-year-old inspired much more feedback this year, practically all of it adulatory. From the OTT cocktails in the bar, to the full-on, Hispanic-Asian fusion-cuisine emanating from the restaurant’s open kitchen, it’s a maximalist experience, but one that comes off much more often than not nowadays. Perhaps it’s time for the fooderati, who gave it a rough time on its launch, to re-evaluate the place. Top Tip – dip your toe in the water with the £30 express lunch menu.
Superstar Spanish chef Dabiz Muñoz’s nightclubby Mayfair yearling attracts only very limited feedback, and it remains mixed. Fans of the Hispanic-Asian fusion cuisine that he has concocted to great acclaim (and three Michelin stars) in Madrid say the “exceptional” cooking here is “seriously underrated”. But they are not huge in number, and set against this is the view that it is “tasty and well presented but overpriced”.
“The most exciting newcomer in years” or “a totally confused, fusion concept” – views split sharply on David Muñoz’s nightclubby, open-kitchen Mayfair launch (a spin-off from his Madrid Michelin 3-star, Diver XO). Even some who hail the “beyond original” small plates (“meat-centric with Asian and Hispanic twists”) as “genius” note “they seem double the price charged in Spain”. Critics, meanwhile, find prices plain “obnoxious” for “horrible, flashy, irritatingly wacky” tapas-style creations served by “patronising staff” in a “classic hipster venue with limited substance” (and “music so thumpingly loud, you could neither hear the waiters, nor focus properly on the interesting-looking food”).
|Wine per bottle||£30.00|
15 Old Burlington St, London, W1S 2JR
|Monday||6 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑12 am|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑12 am|
|Saturday||12:30 pm‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑12 am|
|Sunday||12:30 pm‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|