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Rustic Italian is the theme at Bibo – a new eatery devised by busy restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas (Sonny’s, Kitchen W8 etc) and
Chris Beverley (one-time chef at Theo Randall at The InterContinental). The long,
painted-brick dining room sets an unfussy tone with its bentwood chairs and plain wooden tables, allowing the food to steal the limelight. Our hearty, ham-based pasta and chickpea soup was
comforting in the extreme, while slow-cooked, sage-flavoured pork belly was neatly offset by braised fennel and a sweet/sharp hit from datterini tomatoes. Fish dishes are equally self-assured –
whole roast plaice with lentils, spinach, anchovy, capers and lemon needs a steady chef to get it right. There’s also plenty of attention to detail – from big napkins and carafes of free water to
the well-researched, all-Italian wine list. In short, a celebration of generous, earthy goodness for Putney locals.
Bibo is the latest venture by Rebecca Mascarenhas, a restaurateur known for the Michelin Starred Kitchen W8 and the acclaimed Sonny’s Kitchen in Barnes, both of which are collaborations with Philip Howard of The Square. With Bibo, Rebecca has gone Italian. Head chef Chris Beverley, previously at Theo Randall at the InterContinental, has created a modern Italian menu that focuses on seasonality, freshness and simplicity. The wine list is Italian as well and includes a list of approximately 60 bins covering regional Italy.Located in Putney, Bibo goes about bringing a sense of warmth to its interior. The long painted brickwork dining room and bar has been fitted with a mixture of artworks, bespoke light fittings and comforting oak wood furniture. Bibo is informal and relaxed with an inviting neighbourhood feel to it, made all the enjoyable with its welcoming and friendly service...
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Upper Richmond Road is as uninspiring a high-street as most in London. But nestled in the bosom of a Nando’s, Pizza Express and Dominos that flank either side, Bibo and its interiors have a transportational quality that plucks you out of SW15 and plants you straight into a Soho dining-hotspot. It looks great - airy, high-ceilinged, white-washed exposed brick, dark wood, leather banquettes, a mezzanine at the rear, and an impressive bar upon entry. Once you’re in, you’ll be in no hurry to leave...
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