Well-heeled West Londoners all know Daphne’s, the fabulous Italian institution on Draycott Avenue that has been ‘the’ spot for riotous lunches and decadent dinners for 50 years.
After growing old gracefully, Daphne’s has had an opulent makeover. A wonderful pink marble topped bar, flanked by dark green leather stools, which would not feel out of place at the Gritti Palace in Venice, make the perfect spot for a chilled Aperol Spritz and a quick dinner.
The main dining room feels more modern, with Venetian-style marble accents, bright red banquets and lots of contemporary art. The conservatory room is more old-school Italian, with eggshell blue walls, huge mirrors and a large marble fireplace.
Despite the new look, the menu is as solid as it ever was. Head chef Michael Brown has freshened things up with a few new dishes, including a selection of ‘Griglia’, featuring seam bream, veal, lobster or baby chicken, grilled to perfection and served simply with a selection of sauces.
At a recent dinner to check out the new look Daphne’s, we loved the waiflike slithers of octopus carpaccio drenched in sweet Amalfi lemons and huge juicy prawns in a rich tomato sauce from the antipasti selection. Succulent scallops covered in a zesty pea, chilli and garlic sauce were beautifully cooked, and the lobster spaghetti was rich, sweet and spiked with a little hit of chilli.
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