I have been a big fan of Avenue restaurant in Mayfair since my first visit to them. But now with the launch of their new menu, I’m falling in love all over again. To celebrate the launch of their new Asian-inspired menu, I was invited to a unique supper club experience to get a taste for myself. The new menu promises a fusion of eclectic flavours with it’s winning combination of modern Asian and Latin America themes. Not forgetting their tempting list of cocktails inspired by myths and legends.
Private Dining With A Contemporary Twist
Upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly maître d’ who directed us to the private dining room in the rear part of the restaurant. The room itself was a beautiful space with a stunning light fixture, striking artwork and large dining table fitted with bright white linen table cloths decorated with an array of succulents and candles. I mean what blogger doesn’t love a good succulent flatlay?
The room itself makes for a fine location for intimate dining parties. The table holds up to 18, I would say 14-16 to be more comfortable. But the privacy gives a very exclusive feel to it, so I recommend it if you are considering hosting an event or special occasion.
Introducing ‘The Red Ring Of Fire‘
As part of the supper club, Head Chef Andras Katona took us on a culinary adventure to explore spice in a unique journey he named; ‘The Red Ring of Fire’. Chef Andras introduced himself whilst handing out a special margarita created exclusively for the spice-infused menu. It had a mixture of chilli salt on the rim to compliment the heat of the tequila – it was quite lovely!
Chef Andras then continued to explain the inspiration behind the various dishes. He highlighted the delicate differences between which type of chilli was used for each dish. He was later accompanied by the fantastic Agustin, Head Sommelier at Avenue restaurant and bar. Agustin continued by introducing the excellent wines specially selected for the evening.
What’s On The Menu
The menu itself is based on their brand new menu developed by the Head Chef. With nods to traditional flavours found in Asian and Latin American cuisine, however with a modern twist. There is a good selection of protein, ranging from red meat such as beef and duck to succulent seafood such as tuna and sea bass.
For the supper club menu, we started with an amuse-bouche of baby heritage tomatoes, avocado and spicy kumquat. Sweetly followed by a fresh tuna tartare starter complimented with tobiko and topped with a nori and rice cracker. The main was an utter delight, a trio of gochujang marinated lamb served with Thai asparagus and edamame. To finish off, they served not one but two desserts! Firstly a raspberry and mango cheesecake with a chocolate chilli ice cream, then a gorgeous vanilla macaroons filled with a chilli kumquat ganache.
Once again I have fallen in love with the food and drink choices at Avenue restaurant. The change of direction for the menu, is a surprise, but a very welcome one. I think the inspiration behind the Asian influences on the menu is done well and really allows guests to experience both delicate and fiery flavours.
The different menu options are affordable for a restaurant of this standard. The April set menu for example is only £20 for two course and includes a glass of wine. Check out the rest of their menus here.
Have you ever dined at the Avenue restaurant? Had a chance to try out the new menu, what is your favourite dish?