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 Thursday, 17 October 2019

My family celebrated my birth day at Lurra with great foods and wine. It was perfect.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

excellent food & wine, good service. only complaint would be that the first 'batch' of food arrived within 5mins of ordering which was a bit odd... but lovely evening. Had dinner on a Sat evening (we were a table of 5) and wasn't kicked away for a 2nd shift which was also v much appreciated

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

Always love the steaks here - the best we've had in London!

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Once again a truly excellent meal at Lurra. There is a reason we are repeat diners. This place is superb and never disappoints.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

An excellent family reunion dinner the staff were great , helpful with the menu and wine list and fantastic when we needed to order extras. The food was absolutely delicious as always. Many thanks for another lovely evening

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

Great food, menu is the most expansive but food is delicious. Service is mixed, with various staff not understanding English and unaware of food orders.

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

Incredible food, service and atmosphere.

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

Absolutely incredible. I will for SURE be coming back. Blown away by the food, the value for money and the staff. Thank you for making our date night so enjoyable. Still dreaming about the food!!!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 October 2019

Our second time at Lurra. On this occasion a wonderful lunch with four friends. Great service, excellent food and a comfortable, lively atmosphere. Definitely recommend and looking forward to our next visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 September 2019

La carne muy buena y el tomate espectacular. La única pega son los precios que me parecieron muy elevados. 72 libras por 800g cuando hace no mucho cobraban a 65 libras por 1Kg, es un aumento de un 30% del precio. Por otra parte la carta de vinos mejorable, podrían tener mejores referencias.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 September 2019

The service of the food was too rushed. There was no time between ordering and getting our first course. Our drinks hadn’t even arrived. We also had to ask twice for water so that we would be able to eat our food. Our mains arrived before we had even finished our first dishes. Everything was lovely but far too rushed. It was a pity as it could have been a great meal.

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Visited On Monday, 23 September 2019

The food is lovely, and the restaurant has a great buzzy atmosphere. The squid to start was AMAZING!

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Enjoyed the food and wine. Service was attentive, friendly and efficient. While food has room for improvement, I still would recommend it to my family and friends, and definitely will be back when visiting London

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Visited On Sunday, 15 September 2019

fantastic restaurant

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

We had a fantastic evening for my partner’s birthday - great food, great atmosphere, great service, delicious cocktail! Thanks so much.

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Our two main courses were delicious, I loved he combination of halibut and girolles

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Fantastic food and service. Not a lot of room inside. Wouldn’t recommend for large parties

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Excellent food, beautifully presented

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 September 2019

The meat, tomatoes and staff selected red wine were all quite excellent. Great place and will definitely be back.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 September 2019

We enjoyed an exceptional meal at Lurra. It was the perfect way to kick off the first night of our first ever visit to London. The service team was accommodating and attentive and the food, from grilled octopus to steak was delicious. Thanks to all at Lurra.

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Visited On Monday, 09 September 2019

Amazing food (meat and octopus)

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Visited On Monday, 09 September 2019

Lovely decor and great ambience even on a Monday evening. The staff very good and helpful with food recommendations. The food was really good would highly recommend.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 September 2019

Had a lovely Sunday lunch, the food was exceptional (everything we ordered but especially the T bone steak). The prices are a touch high for non corporate customers though.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 September 2019

Already recommended to all my friends! Amazing place, everything was superb, food, service, atmosphere. I’ll see you guys soon ;)

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 September 2019

The best beef in London, hands down.

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