May 14 2013

Lutyens

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Lutyens is many things. It has 2 restaurants, 2 bars (wine bar which is by the entrance and has less expensive bistro food and cocktail bar), an outside terrace, it has private rooms, it has a members club and it is also open for breakfast, and as it is located in front of THE Goldman Sachs on Fleet Street (in the former Reuters building) it has the clientele that is interested in all these different things. Lutyens opened in 2009 and the place is named after the famous architect and designer of the building's façade, but the new format of the place has been designed by the famous restaurateur and designer sir Terence Conran.

I went to Lutyens restaurant for lunch on a Tuesday and the inside of the place according to them is “reminiscent of a dining room on board an art deco cruise liner, together with the feeling of a modern version of the much-loved classic Parisian brasserie”, and not sure I really got this vibe. I think the dining room is pleasant, but a bit stiff due to the working crowd in suits that was there, but I do like the open kitchen on one side of the restaurant which does create some warmth to the place, and I did like the green colour of the sofas. The dining room is large and seats 130 people, but the tables are quite close to each other so you can eavesdrop on conversations, if you like to. The menu offers modern European, highly-seasonal food with apparently a subtle Nordic influence (the main chef is Swedish), although I personally could not see the Nordic influence at all. The menu is divided into 3 sections, “from the raw bar” which has various seafood and raw meat, including oysters and tartars, then there is “first course” that has what seems like similar size dishes, and also “main courses”.

I went to Lutyens for lunch with my friend Robert and I ordered a veal tartare, as I have never seen this before on a menu, and I love salmon and beef tartars. There was not much of it, only a tiny bit, but it was beautifully presented and also very tasty. Robert also very much enjoyed his steak tartare, which was served with an egg yolk and some crispy toasted bread. My main course was Black bream with capers and a puree and the fish was nicely cooked and I thought the capers were a nice addition to it, but there was not much else on the plate. Robert had pork with cabbage and beetroot and he said the pork was perfectly cooked and he liked how the beetroot went with the pork. We also shared some sides of broccoli and spinach, nice vegetables.

Lutyens is a safe choice, it won’t surprise you, there won’t be anything out of the ordinary, but it will provide a good lunch with good quality ingredients, well cooked, although the portions are not too big.

Price for 2 people, no alcohol and service charge: 111.13
Date: 14/05/13
Location: Blackfriars

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Lutyens
85 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AE
London
United Kingdom
GB
Lutyens Reviewed by Hungry Bee Maija on . Rating: 3