DINNER & DECOR: THE TOM DIXON DESIGNED BRONTE
The recently opened Bronte on London's Strand has been making waves in the design world, as does anything that Tom Dixon does really. Is there anything this man can do that the public won't adore?! You'd think we'd all be bored of his aesthetic by now but, nope! It's still going strong and I still love it.
Jason, Marley and I went to check it out.
The pink, green and brass interiors at Bronte were executed by Design Research Studio under the creative direction of Tom Dixon.
This look includes a pink concrete bar, emerald green leather booth seating, terazzo, brass detailing and a victorian explorers theme. Kind of like a cabinet of curiosities without being quite so crude. This is a sophisticated, refined take.
In the main dining hall which is the most exciting design wise, large Tom Dixon teal wingback velvet dining chairs sit on tables, others with scoop chairs upholstered in pink fabric.
The upper area of Bronte has a bit more of a casual feel with fan dining chairs and an open kitchen.
We went with my daughter Marley and sadly were told we had to sit in the upper area - a little bit of a disappointment as the main dining room is where the drama and best design is at.
It's clear Bronte are catering mostly to the businessmen and working lunchers. Note if you have kids - perhaps don't take them if you want the real decor experience. As a design loving mum that does pain me a bit to say. NOT ALL KIDS ARE NUTTERS OK?!
Lighting is obviously on blast here, and it doesn't shy away, with Tom Dixon fade pendants dripping from the ceiling in the bar area and throughout.
We went at lunchtime and so ordered from the lunch menu.
To eat we ordered the crispy squid and samosas to start - the squid was everything you would expect but surprisingly the samosas were my fave. I don't know what the yoghurt sauce the accompanied was but it was delicious! Pomegranate molasses are a thang. A GREAT THANG.
For mains I ordered the soft shell crab burger which usually comes with a Brioche bun. When we visited sadly they didn't have any brioche for the burger so instead it was made with a flatbread. It was ok - not amazing. However I think if it had been with the brioche it would be something more memorable.
Jason had the Bronte beef burger - again he said it was nice but nothing massively 'wow'. Great fries though! I think our downfall here was visiting at lunch and having the limited menu. I've spoken to others who have gone for dinner and loved their meal so I think this is the key. Looking at the dinner menu the Giant prawns or Yuzu and Garlic scallops look amazing.
Note 1 - don't take kids, note 2 - go at dinnertime!
Oh what I do have to mention though is that the juices and smoothies were AMAZING, which makes me think the cocktails would be too.
Do you know what else I have to add? The service was really, REALLY good.
Oh also surprisingly, seeing as they weren't so kid friendly when it came to seating Bronte definitely made up for this with their kids menu. It's not online so I can't give you the exact rundown but Marley had some kind of fish and chips and it was delish.
For dessert we shared the slow poached strawberries which were yummy. Marley had ice cream, much to her delight.
Overall I think Bronte is a lovely spot if you stick to the caveats above! I think I'll go back at some point and try cocktails and dinner and then report back! Any excuse for a bit more Tom Dixon hey?!
Have you been to Bronte? I'd love to know what you thought of it!
*I received my meal at Bronte complimentary in return for this coverage. It's a hard life, I know.*