After a number of lunch-time visits, this is now a favourite destination for me. A walk-in wine bar at the front and a restaurant at the rear. For me, it is mostly about the wine here. The list is extraordinary and excellent value, though not necessarily cheap, but the food that may stand in the wine-list’s shadow, is wonderful too.
Small plates in the wine bar are of the highest quality: Ortiz anchovies, burratina, coppa and delicious bread.
In the restaurant, the food is serious but not fussy and I have enjoyed sweetbreads, Swaledale lamb, guinea fowl all precisely cooked, interesting but leaving room for the wines to shine.
Wines are available by glass (enomatic) and there is also a very full and broad list. The staff are extraordinarily well informed and take great pleasure finding something to suit your interest and budget. I have discovered and enjoyed wines ranging through an excellent grower champagne, 1995 red Chinon, 2015 Loire chenin and, at a different price level, a 1999 Charmes Chambertin, all served with the same interest and enthusiasm. All of them stand-out wines.
A really wonderful place.