Veneta, the recently launched Italian restaurant from Simon Mullins of Salt Yard Group, offers guests a menu inspired by Venetian classics in the stunning new St James’s Market development in the heart of London. Reflecting the opulent glamour of the Italian city, Veneta’s glamorous interior design befits La Serenissima comprising of classic bar-counter seating, banquette booths and intimate tables with double-height ceilings adorned with handcrafted ironwork chandeliers from Matt Livsey Hammond.
Inspired by the timeless magic of Venice, the restaurant showcases the very best of the Venice’s vibrant culinary scene, with menus that pay homage to the eclectic mix of cultures and cuisines found in this part of Italy. With a nod to Venice’s pivotal location on the silk and spice trade routes, Head Chef Jamie Thickett has created menus inspired by the city’s rich culinary heritage featuring the best seasonal British ingredients and produce sourced from Italy such as seafood and cheeses.
As fans of the Salt Yard Group of fabulous restaurants, it’s great to see the finest cheeses and salumi both sourced from the Veneto region and one can look forward to enjoying handmade pasta dishes and delicious seasonal risotto. Co-founder Simon Mullins has curated an extensive list of wines that focuses exclusively on Northern Italian regions, as well as an exclusive range of Italian vermouths and bitters, rarely seen in the UK.
Outside the restaurant an extensive terrace area on the pedestrianised St James’s Market which provides the perfect spot for guests to enjoy the culinary delights of Veneta while watching the world go by. The sunny terrace is ther ideal place to relax this summer whilst enjoying Veneta’s recently launched Sunday Feasts menu including free-flowing drinks.
Sunday lunches in Italy are a long, leisurely affair that are embraced by both families and friends, and Veneta’s Head Chef, Jamie Thickett, has reflected this in the new Sunday feasting menu that, for just £35 per person, includes four decadent courses and up to three hours of free-flowing Prosecco or Venetian red or white wine.
To begin, we suggest enjoying a flute of Prosecco as an aperitif before the Antipasti first course and perhaps moving on to the light and fruity Ponte Pietra red wine from Veneto as its blackberry and cherry flavours pair perfectly with the meats and olives.
First up of the antipasti is Italian Olives – Nocellara firm in texture and buttery in flavour alongside Gaeta known as the black pearl of Italian olives which complements the other olives with its softer texture and slightly bitter taste.
The choice on the Mixed Charcuterie Board is proudly Italian with buttery Salame Lovison joined by the slightly chewy San Daniele del Friuli and the very special Ossocollo Friuli packed with flavour.
Freshly made Focaccia is enchanted with rosemary and sea salt flavours with a light and fluffy interior yet beautiful crust which is the ideal foil to the olives and accompanying cured meats.
For the Primi course, pair these dishes with the Venetian white wine of Alasia as its zesty grapefruit and mineral finish goes very well with pasta and rice dishes. Enjoy the homemade Maltagliati fresh pasta served with Octopus and Roasted Pepper Sauce which was flavoursome and perfectly seasoned.
Then it’s time to delve into the delicious Pea & Prosecco Risotto with Spring Truffle and Egg Yolk.
The Venetian addition of a raw egg yolk sitting on top of the rice adds a creamy richness to the dish – the unctuous oozing yellow yolk is definitely a #foodporn moment.
These Primi plates are accompanied by a Veneto Bitter Leaf Salad tossed in a dressing made of ground almonds which balances well with the carb heavy dishes. The scattering of flaked almonds on top of the salad is a nice touch.
Next comes the Secondi course and its a good time to move back to the red wine which pairs well with these fish and meat dishes. The Whole Grilled Bream is served with an Italian classic of Panzanella. This bread salad goes perfectly with the fish.
Then comes the Roast Pork Belly served with Borlotti beans and a smoked aubergine puree. The beautifully cooked pork belly is rolled in herbs and topped with a sweet fig jam and chicken jus. The crisp crackling is superb contrasting with the fork tender meat.
The accompanying side is crispy Triple Cooked Chips served with garlicky Aioli and Salsa Verde which add an interesting Italian twist on the traditional tomato sauce or mayo.
To finish, the desserts are Italian Gelati which is no great surprise. The Burrata Gelato with Basil Granita and Gariguette Strawberries is a dish full of the tastes of summer.
Vying for attention is the Bitter Chocolate Sorbet served with White Chocolate, Vanilla Cream and Crunchy Meringue.
The chocolate sorbet is a great choice for dairy-free individuals paired simply with a crisp sugar cookie.
The Veneta Sunday Feast is truly indulgent yet is very reasonably priced considering the quality of the dishes and the generous free-flowing wine. Available throughout the summer, this decadent Domenica dining experience is perfect for couples, friends or one to impress the in-laws. Highly recommended.
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