7–9 St James’s Street, St James’s, London, SW1A 1EE
Avenue’s enviable location in the thick of St James’s affords it plenty of returning guests and business diners. Inside, quiet glamour and modern art lend the restaurant a stylish feel that’s fitting with its food and drink offering. The restaurant revolves around an impressive central decanting bar, where firstclass cocktails, friendly bar staff and an impressive wine list can be found. Above the bar, the stunning wine glass chandelier takes centre stage, glistening in the light. Take a seat and enjoy the buzz of the place before ordering from the menu. The elegant, modern restaurant offers an internationally-inspired menu. Head chef Andras uses high-quality, natural ingredients when composing the fresh dishes. Think starters of confit blackened salmon with sour cucumber and sweet chilli salsa, and spiced tuna tartare teamed with yuzu emulsion, rice and a nori cracker. For the main event, choose between the likes of stone bass with bok choy, palm heart and miso sauce, and gochujang-marinated lamb paired with edamame, Thai asparagus, wild garlic and seaweed. There’s brunch at weekends, as well as set menus and a bar menu. The extensive wine list shouldn’t be overlooked, and classic cocktails featuring a unique range of Asian and South American ingredients are sure to please.