There’s a lot to be said about food and wine matching, but when it’s done properly both components should taste better than if consumed individually. In fact, you may even find yourself enjoying wines that you would never consider drinking on their own. To get straight to the point, Texture has by some distance the finest sommelier providing the best wine and food matching I have experienced.
Unsurprisingly, the restaurant was launched with the aim of creating a restaurant where wine and food can be enjoyed in equal measure and is the brainchild of Icelandic chef Agnar Sverrisson and sommelier Xavier Rousset. Sverrisson has put together an interesting Icelandic influenced modern European menu and as the name suggests, focuses on different textures. Furthermore, he prides himself on his relatively healthy, Icelandic approach to cooking.
We started with a couple of lovely cocktails in the bar, where we were also served a notable array of snacks, including intriguing bacon flavoured pop corn and moorish roasted cod skins with a taste bud tickling wasabi emulsion. Our starters featured a classic combination of Scottish scallops with cauliflower textures and Anjou pigeon with bacon popcorn & red wine essence. Mains of Lancashire Suckling Pig with squid was perfectly cooked, whilst Grey Leg Partridge with parsnip puree, spiced red cabbage featured some lovely Autumnal flavours. Desserts continued to impress; the coconut served in different textures summed up the chef’s ingenuity, whilst the Valrhona chocolate mousse perfectly matched the accompanying anis ice cream, both satiating my need for sweet and leaving my palette refreshed. As previously mentioned, the sommeliers wine matching recommendations from the extensive wine list were perfect beyond belief.
The restaurant itself is just as pleasing on the eye as the food is on the taste-buds. With high ceilings and intricate detailing, the dining room is classy without being pretentious, whilst service was impeccable takes a similar approach. Restaurants like this can easily fall into the ‘novelty’ trap – kind of, “it’s worth the experience, but I wouldn’t go again”. However, Texture manages to combine innovative cuisine and easy-on-the-palette flavours to ensure that it is definitely somewhere to revisit!
Food – 4/5
Venue – 4/5
Value – 3.5/5
Cuisine type – Icelandic influenced modern European
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £100
Wine – £6
Cocktails – £8
34 Portman Street
London, W1H 7BY
020 7224 0028