Launched by restaurant group, Peyton and Byrne, and designed by Design Research Studio under the direction of Tom Dixon, the new Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts opens to the public tomorrow, offering a new all-week Piccadilly dining option in an elegant setting steeped in cultural history.
Londonist was around this morning for the breakfast launch party, very much enjoying our schmooze-fest with the art set. And, although only nibbling morning canapés, we were pleased enough with the samples to hope for a proper sit down visit soon. Blueberry pancakes, (quail) eggs Benedict, a right tasty passion fruit cream cheese and a mean (if virgin) Bloody Mary impressed while a peruse of the menu had us hankering for more. Wild sea bass ceviche with pink pepper (£9.50), pork cheek with pommes mousseline (£7.50), ravioli of pecorino and black truffle (£13.50)? Yes please…perhaps with sides (£3.75 each) of game chips and/or pickled wild mushrooms. Decently decadent puds and a lovely looking wine list with a few bargains add to our wish to return.
Foody yearnings aside, we'd be glad to revisit for just another chance to take in the understated grandeur of the room. Dixon and co did a bang up job contemporising the space while laying easy on the update. Age old murals, a sense of clubby interlude and, maybe most all, a stunning 'room divider' of encased sculptures from the Academy's collection make the restaurant a brilliant spot for romantic dining as well as for pre-viewing fuelling up or post-viewing ponders over wine and light bites.
The Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts is located at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. Visit online at www.ra-ra.co.uk.
CGI image (not doing any real justice to how beautiful the restaurant actually is) courtesy of Sauce Communications