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Lurra

9 Seymour Place, London, United Kingdom, W1H 5BA
Critics Review 8/10
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Opening Information

Lurra will be opening on 2 September.

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Outside Seating Area

About Lurra

Lurra will take its influence from the traditional charcoal and wood grills “Erretegia” found all over the Basque Country. This is a great culinary tradition that enhances flavours, aromas and respects the virtues of the product.

Cuisine: Spanish, Fine Dining
Dress Code: Casual
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Critics Review
Lurra, London W1 – restaurant review
8/10
The last time I suggested that something was the taste of 2015, I ended up in Private Eye’s Pseuds’ Corner. (I blame The Manor in Clapham and its kombucha sours.) So thrilled was I about the accolade that I’m going for it again: 2015 is, quite emphatically, the year of the old cow. And, no, I don’t mean me. I mean meat. The beef served at glamorous new Lurra isn’t so much about the current cult around length of ageing as actual animal years: the Galician rubia gallega they dish up here can reach 17 years old (typically, UK cattle are slaughtered at 18 months). This veneration of age has been the hardcore carnivore’s niche fetish for some time (see Levanter in Ramsbottom and Brindisa, which has for a while now featured “cider house beef”, usually retired dairy cows ). But its current place in the sun really came about as a result of the much-hyped Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair, which put chewing through a 12-year-old Galician milker top of those fetishists’ list of must-dos. Marylebone’s Donostia also did much to popularise vaca vieja and the idea that beef needed to taste of way more than the grill. And it’s one of Donostia’s owners, Nemanja Borjanovik, who’s responsible for supplying that meat – and spreading its fame – not only to Kitty Fisher’s, but also to Goodman and Pizarro, all outfits that know a good beast when they chomp it. Now Borjanovik and partner Melody Adams have launched Lurra (it means “land” in Basque), which puts that meat centre stage. Presentation is utterly simple: the meat is blasted with heat (“We serve it medium-rare. Is that OK?”), scattered with sea salt and plonked on a fiercely hot cast-iron serving dish. This creates my only criticism: the precious meat (£42 for 650g) continues to cook in the scalding dish’s residual heat, so by the time we’re halfway through, it’s well done. This is fine for yer sizzling tandoori chicken, but for this quality of meat: nu-huh. Up until its frazzling, this rubia gallega (not a milker, bred only for beef) is the most ambrosial piece of meat, almost sweet, with the length of flavour of an aged Parmesan or a fine, full-bodied wine; it makes cavemen of the pair of us. Apparently some customers have been asking for the creamy fat to be trimmed off, a fact that’s causing me to gnash with frustration. There’s plenty more to thrill, even on such a short menu. (And there’s nowt wrong with that: at Bar Nestor in San Sebastián, which the meat-importing arm of the company credits as an influence, the only other dishes on the menu are a tortilla, “gildas”, padrón peppers, Ibérico de bellota and a tomato salad. That’s it.) You can have courgette flower, its stem crisp and earthy, its blossom fried until lacy and bulging with oddly unfishy cod brandada. Or octopus: smoky, tender tentacles in piquillo pepper sauce. Or whole turbot, burnished in its fish basket over the grill and served with a dressing made from the Basque country’s beloved light txacoli wine (and a homage to legendary Basque asador Elkano). I even brave unloved-by-me kokotxas pil pil – gelatinous cods’ throats in an emulsion of olive oil, garlic and fish stock – and find myself warming to the slippery little dollops (only two of them for £7, though: yikes). Chips – crisp, golden, dusted with pimentón and accessorised by an aïoli dip of artery-clogging richness – are as impossible to resist as bloody Doritos. The owners are also wine importers, so the ribeiro is rich and ripe and luscious. Somehow, we’re the last people to leave. It’s easy to linger: the restaurant itself is lovely, all pale wood and marble, a refreshing departure from today’s ubiquitous bare brick and tin ceilings. Light-filled by day, elegant and otherworldly, it’s a haughty supermodel of restaurant design. Far more expansive than its discreet Marylebone shopfront suggests, there’s a hidden interior courtyard fringed with kitchen herbs. Prop up the bar on a mint-green stool in front of the tiny, busy kitchen, a cold store brimming with the ageing meat at your back, and watch and salivate as your steak sears. To eat meat of this quality back in its homeland, you’d likely be in a bare-boned, rough-edged erretagia (the Basque version of the asador). Here, though, all is sunny elegance. Lurra is, in more ways than one, an absolute beauty. Food 8/10 Atmosphere 8/10 Value for money 6/10
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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Great service, food and atmosphere

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Food was very greasy. Nothing was wow. The food was ok but totally overpriced!

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

I love this place, the food is perfect for my palette and underpinned with friendly focused service - always a delight. The white wine recommendation of Reto was inspired! As to recommending - I have done and the feedback from these friends remains the same - awesome!

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Appreciated the short focussed menu and the top quality ingredients. Nice vibe and friendly staff but quite loud, so conversation was a bit difficult. A memorable meal nonetheless.

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

great food, excellent service, nice interior and atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Wonderful time was had by all

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

Our first visit but certainly not the last. Excellently prepared food from the best ingredients as well as an impressive wine list. Attentive and friendly staff. A "must" at our next visit to London.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

What an amazing moment spent at the Lurra for my birthday

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Great place!

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

My second time to Lurra and it was great once again.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

Great food and restaurant concept

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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

Excellent food. In the interior room it’s a little bit noisy. Staff is nice but service needs to pay more attention to guest

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

Great food and really friendly atmosphere - will definitely be back

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Visited On Friday, 21 December 2018

Some wines markup is a bit severe..

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Visited On Thursday, 20 December 2018

Great food as usual .

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Friendly, helpful staff. Delicious food -- particularly enjoyed the squid stuffed with prawns, Found it a bit noisy -- think there was a Christmas party going on upstairs!!

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Visited On Monday, 17 December 2018

Always great. Default destination of choice.

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Visited On Monday, 17 December 2018

牛排有点焦

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

The food was amazing!

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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

Great service, food and wine. The croquettes were a particular favourite!

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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. All the staff were attentive and helpful. 3rd visit and will certainly be back for more.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

Awesome food as ever, and sublime service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Always great food and wine - always a fun place

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

It was the perfect location for our large private party. Service was particularly attentive considering the numbers and the food, as usual at Lurra, was excellent.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

High quality food, good wine list

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