By: Darrah de jour
A new revelation has hit the London dining scene. Michelin-starred restaurant alum Xavier Rousset and uber-chef Agnar Sverisson have created a space where both food and wine rule equally.
Having met while working under Raymond Blanc at La Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Icelandic partner and Chef Director Sverisson and French born Master Sommelier Rousset have merged a friendship and symbiotic pairing of Rousset’s passion for wine, specifically champagne, and Sverisson’s flexibility in the kitchen.
A constant tourist to Champagne (Rousset has visited 10 times in the last five years) he’s a veritable expert on the UK’s party wine. This makes him sure Texture will provide satisfaction to both his patrons and his investors. Having forged relationships with independent winemakers, they are lining up for him to taste their latest creations. The bar, however, remains daringly un-sponsored.
With a seasonally changing menu, lunch choices consist of two courses for £18.50, such as the Mediterranean Tuna with tartare and Asian flavours or Black Leg Chicken, a breast and leg with crushed potatoes, peas and feves. A vegetarian menu offers both appetizers and entrées. Highlights are the Herefordshire Asparagus & Parmesan with snow, olive oil dressing and pea shoots or Barley risotto with anis, almond, and lemon zest.
Private dining available. With white walls and ceilings with ornate moldings, splashes of colorful abstract art on the walls, beige chairs easily found in the lobby of the New Yorker hotel, Texture blends the taste, touch and sparkling feel of London, with an atmosphere of relaxation and upbeat comfort.
34 Portman Square, London W1H 7BY
Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Tel 020 7224 0028