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Café Monico

Cafe Monico

The Soho House Group has opened a suave new all-day site on Shaftesbury Avenue inspired by a restaurant opened by Italian brothers Giacomo and Battista Monico in 1877 on a side street in the West End, which thrived until the expansion of Piccadilly Circus in the 1950s.

The reincarnation of Café Monico benefits from seasoned chef Rowley Leigh being at the helm. With vintage interiors that hark back to the original café, the 180-seater site boasts a Mediterranean menu offering the likes of chicken paillard, coq au vin, lamb cutlets, Dover sole, oodles of pasta and freshly made bread. Leigh’s signature dish – Parmesan custard with anchovy toast – will also make an appearance.

Afternoon teas include blood orange cheesecake and treacle tart, while cocktails have an Italian accent, such as Vermouth Service – made with Noilly Prat, frozen grapes, lemon oils and sparkling water.

Café Monico, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LA

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