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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.

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£74
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4
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A beautiful restaurant with equally beautiful food!” – the Stafford Hotel’s first ‘extra-curricular’ venture in late 2019 has created an impressive all-rounder. In the “intimate” setting of a Fitzrovia townhouse, “delightful” staff provide dishes either from “an attractive seafood array” or from a menu of Italian small plates, focused on Sicily. One or two reporters feel results are “nice but nothing amazing”, but more numerous are those who say the food is “super tasty” and “absolutely fabulous”.

Summary

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.

Summary

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.

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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.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £25.00
Pretheatre   £25.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 60.00 Always available 5

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£14.00 £25.00 £7.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
Yes
14, 22
No dress code

Private dining

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

Reviews of Norma Restaurant in W1T, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Norma restaurant.
Douglas C
A beautiful restaurant ,wonderful ambience ...
Reviewed 2 months, 17 days ago

"A beautiful restaurant ,wonderful ambience and top service . We chose several small plates ,prawns ,monkfish,buratta,tomatoes . All excellent;y prepared and full of Italian flavour . Gluten free no problem. A very good Cab Sauv washed it all down . Topped off with first rate tiramisu and rose flavoured panacotta ."

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Nick P
Wonderful food, complex, perfectly cooked. ...
Reviewed 4 months, 27 days ago

"Wonderful food, complex, perfectly cooked. Wine list is too short and overpriced. Service OK, occasionally inattentive. Good buzz in a collection of smallish rooms."

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Lloyd S
Being a lover of Italian food we were very ...
Reviewed 9 months, 9 days ago

"Being a lover of Italian food we were very interested to try the latest restaurant from the Salt Yard group. Especially as it was under the guidance and creativity of head chef Ben Tish. This is a sicilian style restaurant set in the heart of the very popular area of charlotte street and believe me is an absolute gem. As we had a week of work it gave us the opportunity for a midweek lunch. So we made our way to tottenham court road station before taking the short five minute walk to charlotte street. We arrived at the restaurant to receive a fabulous friendly welcome before being escorted to our table. This was to be in a little two seater booth on the ground floor. The restaurant itself is set over three floors with a mixture of booths and tables as well as a private dining room on the third floor. We started with a Classic Negroni and a Bacca Rossa cocktail while we took a look at the menu. This is set out with a selection of snacks followed by a choice of small plates. You then move to the pasta section for which you can have a small or large portion. This leads to the large plates before finishing with a dessert menu. After a very helpful chat with a waitress we were able to create a four course menu where the two dishes from each course would arrive at the same time. We thought this was great so she gave us a couple of minutes to decide. First to arrive was the Focaccia Bread with olive oil and the Nduja , orange blossom honey Crostini that were quite spicy but absolutely amazing. This led us to the the Small Plates where we started with the Charcoal Grilled Red Prawns with aleppo chilli salt & caramelised lemon as well as the Crispy Fried Baby Squid with preserved lemon , sesame seeds & squid ink aioli. On the tasting of these two dishes we just knew we were in for a treat as the flavours were amazing. Now we moved on to the Pasta where we both decided to opt for a small sized portion. My wife chose her favourite Gnocchi this came with marsala cream , seasonal mushrooms & lardo di nebrodi. For my I had the Pasta Alla Norma which was with aubergine , tomato & ricotta. These were fantastic pasta dishes where our only disappointment was not ordering the larger portions. This led us to the main event of the Large Plates and straight away my wife was drawn to the Aubergine Parmigiana. For myself there was only one choice which was the Hake which came with borlotti beans , mussels , datterini tomatoes , olives and a summer herb aioli. These dishes were simply stunning and when accompanied with the sides of Fried Potatoes , grated pecorino & truffle took the dishes to another level. Now it was time to finish with Dessert and what was about to come was absolutely delicious. My wife decided to have a homemade Cannoli filled with a bitter chocolate ganache. For myself I opted for the ‘Norma’ Tiramisu with Pistachio and let me tell you right here and now this was the best Tiramisu you will ever have in your entire lifetime. This was a dessert from heaven so I would like to personally thank the pastry chef for this stunning creation. With an espresso to finish brought to an end an absolutely fabulous Sicilian lunch. The food was amazing and was equally matched by great cocktails , good wine and excellent friendly service making this a fantastic dining experience and one I would highly recommend trying. Thank You Ben and all your team for a fantastic lunch and look forward to seeing you all again soon. "

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Lloyd S
Being a lover of Italian food we were very ...
Reviewed 9 months, 9 days ago

"Being a lover of Italian food we were very interested to try the latest restaurant from the Salt Yard group. Especially as it was under the guidance and creativity of head chef Ben Tish. This is a sicilian style restaurant set in the heart of the very popular area of charlotte street and believe me is an absolute gem. As we had a week of work it gave us the opportunity for a midweek lunch. So we made our way to tottenham court road station before taking the short five minute walk to charlotte street. We arrived at the restaurant to receive a fabulous friendly welcome before being escorted to our table. This was to be in a little two seater booth on the ground floor. The restaurant itself is set over three floors with a mixture of booths and tables as well as a private dining room on the third floor. We started with a Classic Negroni and a Bacca Rossa cocktail while we took a look at the menu. This is set out with a selection of snacks followed by a choice of small plates. You then move to the pasta section for which you can have a small or large portion. This leads to the large plates before finishing with a dessert menu. After a very helpful chat with a waitress we were able to create a four course menu where the two dishes from each course would arrive at the same time. We thought this was great so she gave us a couple of minutes to decide. First to arrive was the Focaccia Bread with olive oil and the Nduja , orange blossom honey Crostini that were quite spicy but absolutely amazing. This led us to the the Small Plates where we started with the Charcoal Grilled Red Prawns with aleppo chilli salt & caramelised lemon as well as the Crispy Fried Baby Squid with preserved lemon , sesame seeds & squid ink aioli. On the tasting of these two dishes we just knew we were in for a treat as the flavours were amazing. Now we moved on to the Pasta where we both decided to opt for a small sized portion. My wife chose her favourite Gnocchi this came with marsala cream , seasonal mushrooms & lardo di nebrodi. For my I had the Pasta Alla Norma which was with aubergine , tomato & ricotta. These were fantastic pasta dishes where our only disappointment was not ordering the larger portions. This led us to the main event of the Large Plates and straight away my wife was drawn to the Aubergine Parmigiana. For myself there was only one choice which was the Hake which came with borlotti beans , mussels , datterini tomatoes , olives and a summer herb aioli. These dishes were simply stunning and when accompanied with the sides of Fried Potatoes , grated pecorino & truffle took the dishes to another level. Now it was time to finish with Dessert and what was about to come was absolutely delicious. My wife decided to have a homemade Cannoli filled with a bitter chocolate ganache. For myself I opted for the ‘Norma’ Tiramisu with Pistachio and let me tell you right here and now this was the best Tiramisu you will ever have in your entire lifetime. This was a dessert from heaven so I would like to personally thank the pastry chef for this stunning creation. With an espresso to finish brought to an end an absolutely fabulous Sicilian lunch. The food was amazing and was equally matched by great cocktails , good wine and excellent friendly service making this a fantastic dining experience and one I would highly recommend trying. Thank You Ben and all your team for a fantastic lunch and look forward to seeing you all again soon. "

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Richard M
Interesting spin on Sicilian cuisine...
Reviewed 11 months, 28 days ago

"Interesting spin on Sicilian cuisine"

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