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 Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Simply fantastic food at what I think is a very good price. The meat was cooked and prepared to perfection and was of excellent quality. We also had some peppers and broccoli and both were again prepared perfectly. For dessert the cheesecake was delicious and silky smooth and the Torrijas was equally delicious. We had a table at the kitchen and enjoyed watching all the preparation of the food.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The food was fantastic, every dish was a flavoursome experience. It was a bit surprising that the first 3 red wines on the list were not available, but the good quality service meant that this did not become an issue and we continued to thoroughly enjoy our visit to Lurra.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Still the best place in London for steak !

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

Great atmosphere, good meat. Highly suggested to try the bone marrow!

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Fantastic food & ambience, service could be more attentive...food arriving before wine

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Visited On Monday, 12 August 2019

fantastic as always

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Visited On Monday, 12 August 2019

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Consistently amazing food and service. Best fish in London!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 August 2019

Excellent overall experience.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 August 2019

Great food and wine served in wonderful surroundings by very friendly staff.

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Visited On Friday, 02 August 2019

Nice oasis with a pleasant setting, the octopus is great as was the sirloin! Highly recommended!

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Visited On Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Just wonderful.

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Visited On Thursday, 25 July 2019

Always amazing food!

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Visited On Thursday, 25 July 2019

great food, well plated, attentive and helpful staff

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Visited On Sunday, 21 July 2019

Food was great but servers weren’t very attentive eventhough it wasn’t really busy. No one offered us the dessert menu after they cleared our mains.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 July 2019

Excellent food and service. Could do with more Roja on the wine list.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 July 2019

The service is was wonderful , the waiters gave good recommendations on the starters. The 14 year old blonde steak had great flavour and the chimmichurri was top class. There was an event happening outside (street party ) with meat being cooked on a big green egg . I feel the restaurant should have advised on this at the time of booking as smoke got into the restaurant and cause some discomfort to my guest as we sat close to the door. I would definitely recommend this place as the food was nothing short of spectacular and the service as good as it gets.

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Have been to Lurra about 3 times now and the food is always great and this time was no different. Only downside to the evening was that we were sat upstairs and there was a big group of about 15 guests, and because of space size it got really loud really quickly that we struggled having a conversation on our table

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Visited On Monday, 15 July 2019

Fantastic food and drink

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Visited On Monday, 15 July 2019

Superb food; great service. Love eating at Lurra.

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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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