Capturing the hedonistic era of the 1950s in St Tropez, Mano Mayfair is a glamorous restaurant and bar bringing beach club vibes to the heart of Mayfair on fashionable Heddon Street.
Founded by restaurateur Romain Fargette and his business partner, Alexis Colletta, Mano’s buzzing atmosphere combines the best of Brazillian-Japanese food, innovative cocktails and some of London’s top DJs in a vibrant setting.
This stylish restaurant takes its interior inspiration very much in keeping with the beach clubs it emulates. The mood is trendy and a golden ceiling sets the tone along with contemporary furnishings and modern styling throughout the space.
Serving a menu curated by Luciana Berry, (notably winner of Top Chef Brazil 2020 and a semi-finalist in Masterchef: The Professionals), Mano serves authentic Brazillian dishes with an influence of Japanese cuisine adding a real sense of flavour. Served as a sharing concept, the A la carte showcases the best of Luciana’s flavours through small plates as appetisers and larger plates of meat, fish and vegan options to be ordered for the table.
Start with the cassava chips which come served with Japanese mayo, they’re a nice taster to start the meal along with one of the expertly crafted cocktails which feature sake and a number of fruity options.
For the appetisers, the Pao de Queijo Raphael is a must, translating as Brazillian cassava and cheese dough, this hero dish is named after Chef Luciana’s son Raphael and is finished with black truffle. Offering a twist on otherwise traditional cuisine, quirky menu additions worth trying also include the tuna tartare which is made with beer and served with squid ink crackers.
Going on to mains you can’t really go to Mano without trying Luciana’s take on Brazil’s national steak, Picanha, at Mano it’s cooked to perfection and is dressed in Yakiniku sauce, farofa and chilli salsa. Other meat options include black Angus ribs with miso and Yakitori chicken skewers which are a nice accompaniment to some of the heartier dishes.
Luciana’s signature dish is highlighted on the menu also, a Moqueca stew with Tiger and Amazonian prawns and cashew nuts. Vegans can rejoice as there is a dedicated section of veggie dishes with favourites ranging from heart of palm ceviche and vegetable tempura of the day.
A stylish jaunt both day and night, Mano is open for both lunch and dinner, offering a set lunch menu daily with Thursdays to Saturdays seeing DJs late into the night playing upbeat deep house music to the trendy crowd who have already made this Mayfair hangout a regular hotspot.