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, 12 July 2019

Thank you for the warm welcome and friendly and efficient service. The food and drink were out of this world.

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

A regular spot when I am in London. Great service and always interesting choices on the menu to serve any appetite.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Great food and place but some waiters struggled with English and didn't always understand our orders.

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

Short and crisp menu, very good comfort food, robust wine list and a very cozy and relaxed atmosphere.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

We tried to order a Magnum of champagne, which was not ideal as the bottle was not refrigerated. Food was delicious, we recommend it. Beautiful garden and atmosphere.

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Visited On Friday, 28 June 2019

确实是伦敦城里最好吃的牛排啦,回伦敦一定会还去这家的

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Visited On Friday, 21 June 2019

Thank you so much!! Everything was exactly as we had requested and the private space/food/service were all superb!

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Visited On Friday, 05 July 2019

Amazing food, beautiful restaurant- will definitely be returning!!!

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Great little restaurant. I have recommended to others as I have always had a lovely time here with good food and wines. The lamb leg just falls off the bone.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Fantastic and proper Spanish dishes. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Monday, 01 July 2019

Lurra continues to meet my highest expectations. The food and sevice are exceptional

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Visited On Sunday, 30 June 2019

Great food, atmosphere and service!

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Visited On Thursday, 27 June 2019

The food and atmosphere at Lurra are great. We tried the party menu which was very nice indeed. However, when it comes to the service, they have a reputation for being slow which we unfortunately suffered during our visit. Despite stressing our timescales by email before our visit (we were 8 people) we didn't even receive our main courses before several members of our party had to leave. In addition, when the bill arrived we'd been grossly overcharged (Bill should have been £500 rather than £800) and had to wait over 40 minutes for our issue to be finally resolved. Overall, nice place for a casual lunch or dinner, but I will now avoid, as they are so slow.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 June 2019

I and my colleagues love Lurra but I have to make some comments this time. It was such a pity that they had run out of Txakoli since my customers from overseas were very much looking forward to that unique wine. Also, though I appreciate that the waiters were busy, I had to ask them to bring a menu and the bill a few times.

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Visited On Monday, 17 June 2019

Small but fantastic menu. Great wine list.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Lurra couldn’t have done more. We took our baby (asleep in his pram) and they fitted us in with space next to the table. We had requested this in advance. The food was exceptional as was the wine, and the waiters and sommelier so knowledgable. The only downside was they had sold out of the main sharing plate we requested which was surprising on a Saturday at 7:30 but the alternative recommended was delicious so we couldn’t really complain! We would return in a heartbeat!

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Fantastic service, attentive staff with in-depth knowledge of menu and produce, to die for flavours -have already recommended!

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Delicious!

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

Really helpful staff; tasty and creative food (especially the squid filled with prawn), but the lamb cutlet can be better.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 June 2019

Wonderful

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

We had the most wonderful evening for the celebration of our legal marriage. Using the lovely courtyard for a glass of fizz, before moving upstairs into the private dining area. The steak, as always was to die for, and Turbot was sensational. A real gem.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 June 2019

Excellent food, Super service. Just a bit bigger table next time please to sit all the lovely food on.

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Visited On Monday, 03 June 2019

Great experience

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

The world's best steak! (seriously)

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

Great food - and good vibe in the restaurant

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