Quattro Passi, the famous Italian outpost on Dover Street in Mayfair of the two Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name in Nerano, Italy has been going through a slick rebranding and relaunch of late. The ground floor restaurant is now known as QP LDN, whilst the basement has been relaunched as QP Lounge.
The creation of a high-class bespoke lounge is a smart move from their business development team, aimed at attracting a younger audience to this famous venue. The bar is a celebration of the glamorous Dolce Vita lifestyle: there are not only fashionable Italian elements in the design of the venue, but also expect plenty of Italian clothing chic on display from the guests.
There is a long, stunning illuminated bar, quality Italian glassware and captivating retro-artwork. Particularly stunning is their DJ booth area with a sparkling lighting design as the backdrop. Apart from international DJs, there will also be live entertainment.
On the night of their launch party, there was renowned DJ Jeremy Healy playing old school tunes to a plethora of socialites, models and celebrities, watered with free-flowing Veuve Cliquot Champagne as well as a wide array of fine wines and cocktails. The lounge is about creating a more relaxed environment, where guests feel comfortable walking in to savour their refined beverage options alongside their signature dishes that bring together the flavours, smells and colours of the Amalfi Coast.
There was an endless list of outstanding canapés, bowl foods and desserts to try from their distinguished menu; chef Antonio Mellino's mantra is to allow his fresh and seasonal ingredients to shine for themselves with most coming from the Campania region. The tuna and beef tartare were unsurprisingly exquisite and market-fresh; likewise for the other seafood options such as dressed crab and marinated salmon with yoghurt mousse. Seafood is a one of the noted specialities at Antonio's Italian restaurant in Nerano; the other being his world-famous freshly made then dried pastas which are still made in-house to this very day. Antonio Mellino is considered one of the greatest masters of pasta making in Europe.
The only issue about attending a canapé party at QP Lounge is that you only get a taster of the sumptuous creations from their kitchen team. You may well feel compelled to come back and book a table for a full 3-course experience – we wouldn't blame you. If all these famous people such as Prince Andrew, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Kofi Annan and Valentino are regular diners at QP London, it is hard to disagree with their expert opinions.
Words by Baldwin Ho