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Review of the Month: Bacchanalia

It’s not every day that you can indulge in a Mediterranean feast while surrounded by magnificent artworks.

The iconic Bacchanalia in the heart of Mayfair

Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Bacchanalia, the new restaurant concept from Richard Caring (the man behind Annabel’s and The Ivy), is nothing short of an aesthete’s paradise.

Martin Brudnizki’s opulent interior features four Damien Hirst statues, hand-painted ceiling murals and 2,000-year-old Greek and Roman artworks. The floor-to-ceiling mural, Romans in their Decadence by Gary Myatt, takes centre stage however.

Delicious crab salad

Acclaimed chef Athinagoras Kostakos’s beautifully curated menu is inspired by seasonal Greek and Italian cuisine, such as sea bream carpaccio, the classic Venetian risotto nero (which is made with squid ink), and a turbot that’s big enough for two. Adding to the drama, many of the dishes’ final flourishes are completed at your table right before your eyes. Wine is paramount here, as the name suggests (Bacchus was the Roman god of wine).

Take your pick from more than 650 types from Greece, Italy, France and beyond, as well as Bacchanalia’s own-label varieties.

There will also be a private dining room and a members’ club, Apollo’s Muse.


All images © Bacchanalia. Text Amy Hughes


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