This new Mayfair restaurant features ancient artwork, statues from Damien Hirst, and an elevated Greco-Roman menu. It is the Roman Restaurant in London not to be missed.
Opened on December 1st, Bacchanalia is the new hotspot from restaurateur Richard Caring. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, it draws on the concept of Greco-Roman feasting and promises patrons ‘abundant pleasure’. Taking inspiration from the muses of old, this establishment is like no other. The moment you step inside, you are transported to a different world; surrounded by opulent mosaics, hand-painted ceiling murals, and sculptures by British artist Damien Hirst, you will feel that you have stepped back in time. In fact, some featured artworks are more than 2,000 years old.
The five main statues in the dining room feature a winged lion, two unicorns, Medusa, and Bacchus. This gives you just a taste of how much this restaurant is inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. With elevated Italian and Greek food and a 650-bottle-long list of exceptional wines, the food fits the theme, too. Even the restrooms offer you scenes from classic myths; the men’s room represents Hades’ underworld, and the ladies’ room is inspired by the Garden of Hesperides.
However, there is a certain cheek to the artwork, too. The walls of the main space consist of massive murals, painted by Myatt, interpreting Thomas Couture’s 1847 painting Romans in their Decadence. But in this modern remake of the painting, the classical figures are using modern technology, from laptops to iPhones.
A bacchanalian party describes any event that Bacchus, the god of agriculture and wine, would have enjoyed - think wild, wine-soaked, over-the-top. It certainly appears that Bacchanlia is living up to its name.
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