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
  • Outdoor Seating

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, 03 December 2020

Delicious food and wine and great atmosphere

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Excellent high quality food, wine and service

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Visited On Monday, 02 November 2020

Beautiful food, wonderful atmosphere, but disappointing and ‘aloof’ service. The particular waiter we had barely made any eye contact and his entire demeanour just made it seem like we were a burden. There were a number of times when we had to call him over when it appeared he was clearly rushing past to avoid our requests. We are not pushy guests whatsoever, he just seemed fed up and made us feel resentful of the service charge.... a shame as it put a dampener on everything else which was wonderful.

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Visited On Friday, 30 October 2020

This was my third visit to Lurra and it didn’t fail to impress. We had a table with in the main area and the ambience was very pleasant . The Galician steak was cooked to perfection and beautifully seasoned . Our waiter was kind and attentive . Would definitely return .

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Visited On Friday, 30 October 2020

Octopus and steak were great, also sides very good. Too limited choice for dessert (1) and service I believe should be a bit more attentive (we were left last 30 mins after we finished our mains without being asked if we wanted dessert or else, and then they came to say they were closed g in 20 mins due to curfew). Price is ok - but not VFM (struggle to find any place that is on central London)

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Visited On Sunday, 25 October 2020

Amazing food

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Visited On Thursday, 15 October 2020

Remains the best steak in London, with the best team looking after us.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Great food. No.1 in London.

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Visited On Monday, 12 October 2020

It's a shame that the menu is so limited now. There was only one main dish that a pescatarian could enjoy and very little for vegetarians. It is just not the way it used to be. Covid spacing was good, however, it would have been good to make hand sanitizer available to guests. There was a bottle on the bar top, far from the entrance and guests were not invited to sanitize. This would be better, please.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 October 2020

The baked cheesecake was incredible. This restaurant ticked all the boxes!

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 October 2020

It was the worst service I had in a very long time. The waiter was absently rude, unprofessional and inattentive. Will never come back and never recommend to anyone.

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 October 2020

All the food and wine was excellent and enjoyed by all 6 of us....thank you Lurra

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Visited On Friday, 02 October 2020

Wonderful food, excellent service and very knowledgable staff. We were greeted like old friends and treated like royalty. A wonderful evening. Thank you.

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Have been quite a few times and the quality of the food and service has completely dropped

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 September 2020

What a lovely place to have dinner with friends, the food was delicious and the service top notch!

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Visited On Thursday, 24 September 2020

Excellent food, and staff. The presa Ibérica is amazing. Quite early in the evening so unable to say as to atmosphere. Online booking system doesn’t seem to be fully up to date but staff confirming booking were kind enough to offer us the move inside. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 September 2020

The food was fab.

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Great spot. Best steak in London.

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Visited On Monday, 21 September 2020

Food was so delicious and service was excellent. We definitely come back again.

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Visited On Friday, 18 September 2020

Our first waiter (street terrace) was extremely rude and unwelcoming. He should check his attitude. Second waiter when we moved upstairs was extremely nice. Meat slightly undercooked Overall an 8/10.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Wonderful food and wine. A great evening.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Great and intelligent service and brilliant wine recommendations. Consistently great.

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Visited On Monday, 14 September 2020

Overwhelmed staff due to an unexpected number of customers

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Visited On Monday, 14 September 2020

Cooking to perfection, practically faultless. Simple, strong flavours flow from quality fresh produce. Desserts a weak point only in as much as there were only two to choose from. The relaxed vibe of the place makes you want to linger long after the last mouthful has been savoured.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 September 2020

Great food, if a bit expensive £72 for a steak for two) and the service wasn't particularly attentive - e.g. when we asked to order some wine our waiter said they didn't speak English, and then they didn't get their colleague to tend to us.

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