Following the success of The Game Bird, The Stafford London and culinary director Ben Tish opened this independent restaurant, in a Fitzrovia townhouse, in late summer 2019. The cooking is "inspired by the food and culture of Sicily, with particular emphasis on the Moorish influences on the island’s cuisine"; a crudo (raw) bar also features.
Norma is a contemporary and vibrant restaurant, inspired by the food and culture of Sicily with particular emphasis on the Moorish influences of the island’s cuisine, with the celebrated chef, Ben Tish at the helm.
Norma embodies the celebrated old-school Italian hospitality and charm, taking inspiration from the grand café culture found in Sicily. Set across three floors of a characterful townhouse on Charlotte Street in London’s Fitzrovia, the first two floors are dedicated to the restaurant, with the top floor a private dining space. At the heart of Norma is the crudo bar at the entrance, serving up the freshest seasonal raw seafood.
Norma’s intimate private dining room is situated on the top floor of our characterful townhouse, in which 12 guests can be seated. whether it’s a special occasion dinner, or simply good friends catching up, our family-style sharing dishes bring your evening to life.
Norma Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Sicilian/Moorish cuisine to a high standard in a strikingly decorated room with particularly fine dining chairs. The wine waiter talked me out of the £42 bottle I was minded to go for to have a £33 one instead, after a mini-tasting, a first for me at a restaurant of this quality."
"No wow factor here but good solid cooking and delicious Sicilian favorites, we particularly liked the small plates to share as a starter especially the panelle with salsa verde."
"A welcome addition to Charlotte Street, focusing on Sicilian food. Our lunch visit coincided with Jay Rayner's rave review in the Observer, so everyone at Norma was in a cheerful mood. The menu has six short sections and starts with snacks, followed by raw before more trad antipasti, pasta and secondo then contorni. Our friends, retired Brits living in France, complicated our choice as they do not eat fish , something we had not previously established. A pity since fashionable sharing here is what it is about and there is a lot of fish on the menu, particularly the 'raw' section. The snacks included caponata, which did not turn out quite as our Neapolitan waiter, we thought , described it, though it was delicious and, I thought, quite traditional. High points in the antipasti included marsh lamb with eel mayo, and artichokes. In deference to our friends, we chose strozzapreti (my wife) and aubergine parmigiana, the latter pleasant but not really exciting. They had the lamb mains which was declared as really good. Desserts were wonderful. Brioche with ice cream and the walnut cake were stunning, cannoli were beautifully done but perhaps a little austere. The dessert cocktail that was mixture of vermouth, limoncello and grappa with a small sour fruits salad (I think) was a way to forget the long tube ride home for the wife of our friends. I had an excellent 'House' spritz to start and we drunk a Nero di Troia as the Nero d'avila was , unaccountably, off. We have already booked a return with more adventurous friends!"
"An exciting new addition on a very crowded Charlotte Street. First courses are top flight: fascinating taste combinations that appeal. Wonderful hake crudo. Mains ae very much more mainstream: grilled beef, lamb rump and pork chop. Puddings less than perfect. Perhaps when it settles it will get to "very good"."
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Following the success of The Game Bird, the team from The Stafford London took the bold step of opening this independent non-hotel restaurant, in a Fitzrovia townhouse, in September 2019. The cooking, overseen by the Salt Yard’s ex-culinary director, Ben Tish, is ‘inspired by the culture of Sicily, with particular emphasis on the Moorish influences on the island’s cuisine’; a crudo (raw) bar is also a feature.
8 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2LS
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||11:30 am-12 am|
|Tuesday||11:30 am-12 am|
|Wednesday||11:30 am-12 am|
|Thursday||11:30 am-12 am|
|Friday||11:30 am-12 am|
|Saturday||12 pm-12 am|
|Sunday||12 pm-9 pm|