BRONTE is impressive from start to finish. Under the creative direction of Tom Dixon (who previously dreamt up the decor scheme at Mondrian @ Sea Containers on the South Bank), the design team has produced something that will delight any cool hunter.
Entrance is just off Trafalgar Square, via a larger-than-life traditional colonnade terrace, and leads into a double-height space dominated by a pink concrete bar and shining copper pendant lights. Tropical foliage and objets inspired by Victorian explorers and extraordinary collectors are dotted around, giving a Cabinet of Curiosities vibe.
In the restaurant, diners sit in emerald green leather booths or blush pink armchairs, ordering from an Australasian-inspired menu (crafted by the ex-Head Chef of Kopapa restaurant) that is delightfully unusual, and spans every meal of the day: At lunchtime, pomelo grapefruit, dragon fruit, smoked bulgur wheat and tahini yoghurt are brought together to create the most flavoursome salad I’ve ever enjoyed; brunch involves nduja hash with Sriracha hot sauce, or “very French banana toast”, washed down with Nude Espresso coffee.
1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5EJ