Tom Cenci, who final cooked on Stoney Road by 26 Grains in Borough Market, has teamed up with Man Ivesha, founding father of Maslow’s (which runs Mortimer Home and Mortimer Home Kitchen) to open Nessa in Soho. Impressed by Vanessa Bell and different creatives from the bohemian motion, the 98-seat restaurant is positioned on the bottom flooring of the brand new 1 Warwick members’ home, itself housed in a renovated 1910 neo-baroque constructing.
It is an exquisite area; interiors reference Edwardian structure, with a lavish bar with a horseshoe counter, lounge seating, and mid-century fashionable classic furnishings rigorously accented with espresso desk books and arty lamps. The principle eating room continues the theme, with plenty of brushed oak, marble fittings, buttery leather-based, dusty pink banquette seating and an open kitchen extending to the far finish of the room.
Tom cooks a seasonal, fashionable British menu rooted in bistro custom, however with savory dishes and loads of twists on the classics. It is a pretty complete menu as you’d anticipate from an all-day restaurant, and it covers many bases effectively with out dropping its focus or identification, at the least on paper. For us this did not totally translate to actual life (though we solely went on the restaurant’s second evening) providing some nice dishes and a few that fell flat.
We actually began with the good things, with plump cheese and onion croquettes on a tangy grape mustard mayonnaise; the wonderful aged beef tartare, minimize into appetizing items, with further umami from beef fats; and what’s quick changing into the signature dish, a disc of black pudding stuffed in a thick slice of buttery brioche and wearing a brown butter hazelnut – sure that is as indulgent because it sounds.
The next dishes have been much less profitable: the wood-fired leeks wanted extra time on the grill to char, soften, and sweeten, and the almond ricotta beneath was bland; and if the hen sous-chef was effectively performed, the sauce may have been extra constant to raised bind the accompaniments of monkfish, celery and inexperienced olives.
Like the remainder of the meal, the desserts went each methods. Nessabocker’s Glory seemed somewhat extra understated than anticipated, however featured two scoops of excellent ice cream, loaded with popcorn, pretzels, salted caramel and rum-soaked raisins including texture and salt. The nut-studded chocolate pie, nonetheless, was mushy and disappointing – in hindsight, we must always have opted for one of many extra retro choices, like roly poly jam or baked Alaska.
Though our expertise was barely uneven, there are some standout dishes at Nessa that we might fortunately eat once more, and with the brekkie and brunch menus additionally on provide, there’s potential for extra good issues.
86 Brewer Road, London, W1F 9UB
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