monico old

Making a change from their ongoing expansion of Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger, Soho House have a brand new restaurant coming to town. 

Cafe Monico sees them reviving the name of a vintage restaurant that was originally set up in the area back in 1877 and which originally overlooked Piccadilly Circus. The new location (which may be where the original moved to - we couldn't dig that up) is a little further away on Shaftesbury Avenue. It's a street not currently overburdened with great restaurants, so the opening of Cafe Monico can only be a good thing.

Here's what we know so far:

  • It'll be an 180 seater all-day restaurant
  • The menu takes "inspiration from the Mediterranean Sea and serves rustic Italian and French favourites" . Expect a separate grill section (inc chicken paillard, pork chops, lamb cutlets, dover sole), as well as for pasta, eggs, shellfish and salumi.
  • Breakfast will feature muffins, zucchini loafs, breads and pastries - all made in house
  • There'll be an afternoon tea service with everything from fancy cakes and scones to more seasonal desserts such as blood orange cheesecake and treacle tart.
  • There are five aperitif cocktails - all at £8 - ranging from Vermouth Service - made with Noilly Prat, frozen grapes, lemon oils and sparkling water to a Peach Bellini
  • Every day will have a special dish of the day, starting with coq au vin on a Monday and finishing with a Sunday roast beef. 

The key thing you'll really want to know is the involvement of former Le Cafe Anglais chef Rowley Leigh. Rowley joined Soho House as a consultant last year and was reported to be working on Cafe Monico. There's more than a big clue to that in the menu here which features Rowley's signature dish of parmesan custard with anchovy toast. 

Cafe Monico opens 4 April 2016 at 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LA. 


Hot Dinners recommends

Test Drive

Sign up to our newsletter

Get the latest exclusives, offers and more, straight to your inbox.

New and Coming Soon

Latest from the gastroblog


Hot Dinners on Instagram

Hot Dinners on Facebook