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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, 17 August 2018

Amazing experience

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Best steak in London for sure with simple but impressive wine list.

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Visited On Monday, 13 August 2018

This is the fifth time at Lurra but the first for work, who were all impressed. The steak is stunning but so too are the starters, tapas, turbot etc. We will be back soon.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

Always a pleasure to eat at Lurra quality in every aspect.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

The beef and suckling pig are excellent. Starters and tapas nothing to rave about unfortunately

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

We had a great time there! Delicious tomate feo de tudela!

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Visited On Thursday, 02 August 2018

I would definitely come back to Lurra, but would not necessarily be in a rush. The food was great, love the menu, but the service could have been better!

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Visited On Thursday, 02 August 2018

Service was friendly if a little slow to take food & drinks orders. Food delicious as always. We ordered some bread after our mains arrived and had to remind them and then eventually it came after our mains were finished and taken away. Overall a nice meal though.

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Visited On Monday, 30 July 2018

Great food although a bit pricey now (used to be cheaper). Service quite slow and could be nicer

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

great octopus and steak!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Fantasy experience at the Lurra last night! We had a ‘bar’ table so we sat right next to the chefs and could watch them prepare our food. Great atmosphere, attentive staff, lovely food.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 July 2018

We love the place. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and staff are really friendly and welcoming. We had the steak as a main (Txuleta) which was REALLY tasty and full of flavour. I would highly recommend the place.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 July 2018

Beautiful steak. Relaxed, professional service.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 July 2018

Excellent food in a beautiful courtyard - the perfect london evening and probably the best steak in town

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Exceptional food, service and wine. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 July 2018

Lovely lunch and the signature Octopus dish was cooked to perfection.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 June 2018

On the food a drink front. The chips were too salty as was the lamb. The squid and octopus are the strongest dishes. The bone marrow was too plentiful for just three slices of bread. More bread would be needed for the dish to make sense. Atmosphere It was difficult to hear each other. However the location and layout are well thought through. Service I can’t fault the service. Value for money £7.50 for chips bespeaks everything. If they were the best chips ever then yes it would be worth it. But they were overly salty chips so weren’t even in the region of the value given to them.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 July 2018

Absolutely delicious meal, in beautiful setting, with wonderful staff

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Visited On Saturday, 23 June 2018

Loved our evening at Lurra but we all felt the waiting staff were inexperienced and made us feel awkward at times. They were very sweet and well meaning but we shouldn't be asked if they should clear away empty bottles from the tables. The food was exceptional.

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Visited On Friday, 22 June 2018

The third appetizers came late but to apologize the time waiting, they doubled the food. So it was a good gesture from the restaurant.

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Recommended to me and I would recommend Lurra to anybody. Simply wonderful..

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Visited On Monday, 18 June 2018

I was very disappointed with my visit. I've eaten here many times before. You used to have three standard main dishes: fish (turbot); lamb shoulder and the steaks. Yesterday there were only two; lamb and the steak; but at 7pm you had no lamb left. So there was just steak. We've had the steak before. It was chewy and disappointing given its huge cost. There was a specials menu which was all pork! Pigs cheek, peas with pancetta and suckling pig for two. Too bad if you don't like pork! It reminded us of Fawlty Tower's "gourmet Evening" when the chef gets drink and ruins the food leaving the owner having to bring in food from another restaurant. Duck with orange or Duck with cheery or duck Surprise. The suckling pig also ran out. We had the last two portions. What did people who came to the restaurant later than 630pm eat? The suckling pig for two was a small piece of meat. It was very nice but we had to order another portion for two as there was so little. The food was very tasty but last night was well below the standard in terms of choice and quantity served.

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Visited On Friday, 15 June 2018

Fabulous authentic food. Mark up on the iberico ham was a little high despite being central London location

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Visited On Friday, 08 June 2018

Both the food and service at Lurra are exceptional. We enjoyed a lovely evening with friends in a delightful unrushed atmosphere. The only issue was the noise level. When the place gets going it is somewhat difficult to carry on a conversation.

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Visited On Monday, 11 June 2018

Terrific dinner for party of 9. We ordered the group set menu 2. Only curious thing was that we were served three orders of every dish (to be shared) except for the sour dough bread with bone marrow. Only two came (without explanation) so only 6 pieces of bread rather than 9, therefore 3 people did not receive any. When I asked about the third portion, the waiter apologized and said only two were coming but it was meant to be served with the bread and salted butter but came out late. That still did not make sense since that came with 9 pieces of bread (one for each diner).

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