Tuna tartar, prosciutto-wrapped figs with asiago and the most divine truffle arancini were served as guests milled through the the first restaurant to open in St James’s Market.
Veneta is a Venetian-inspired restaurant offering snacks and tapas, and a robust list of Northern Italian wine. Because of Venice’s position in historic spice trade routes, the flavours of its cuisine are suitably cultured and global in provenance.
The not-too-big, not-too-small space is adorned with traditional Venetian blown glass fixtures, sinuous tree-like chandeliers and a grand staircase to connect the mezzanine with the dining room floor. This is the fifth restaurant by the Salt Yard Group, a string of London eateries like Dehesa, Ember Yard and Salt Yard, all known for their indivitual takes on Mediterrannean share plates and charcuterie.
Veneta opens to the public Monday Nov 7. Right this way to make a booking.