What do we need to know about Sucre and Abajo?
This new Soho opening is a two-level affair. Underground, you've got the sexy new bar by world-renowned bartender Tato Giovanonni. On the ground floor, there's the first London restaurant from Latin American restaurant superstar Fernando Trocca. Together it's a veritable powerhouse of talent hitting up London for the first time.
Where exactly is it?
You'll find it halfway along Great Marlborough Street (so Oxford Circus would be the closest tube). It's part of a redevelopment of the old London College of Music - one of the few remnants of 18th century London in this area.
Where should we meet for a drink first?
There is a separate bar for the restaurant upstairs but we think you'll want to head downstairs to Abajo. This dramatic cocktail bar takes inspiration from 1980s Buenos Aires, from the soundtrack (there are a lot of 80s hits) to its industrial look. And they use the darkness to showcase the brightly hued drinks, which are - in the most part - served to you on underlit coasters. It's an effective trick which means the dark bar has bursts of neon colour on every table.
And the restaurant?
The restaurant has taken over what used to be the music school's concert hall and they've effected quite the transformation. There's an open kitchen at one end, booths all along the right-hand wall and the room is dominated by loads of gorgeous chandeliers. Designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu is the man responsible for this - you'll know his work from Zuma, Roka and Ichibuns.
What's on the menu?
Trocca's aim for Sucre was to serve up "old world flavours and modern ideas all through the lens of Latin American open-fire cooking". So you'll find European produce given a Latin American treatment. To give you an idea, here's what we tried:
Room for dessert?
We wanted pretty much everything off the dessert menu, but only had room to share one, so it obviously had to be the fondant cake.
What about the wine?
As you might imagine the wine list has plenty of South American labels but also offers a choice of European wines too. We opted for a fresh and zippy Torrontés from Argentina.
If you're looking for somewhere to get all dressed up, Sucre is the spot. You'll need your glad rags on to live up to the glamour of this gorgeous new dining room, and the bonus of having Abajo downstairs means this would be a great place to get any weekend started.
More about Sucre
Where is it? 47 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JP
How to book: online
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