30 July 2014

Bocca di Lupoone star

12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB

£50.00 Italian Soho

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  • Wine: £21.75
  • Champagne: £57.50
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12.15-3pm (Sun -3.30pm) 5.30pm-11pm (Sun -9.30pm)

Square Meal Review of Bocca di Lupo ?

It started with a bang in 2008 and the hype is still justified at Bocca di Lupo – a lip-smacking, ‘drop-dead delicious’ theatreland cracker that continues to work its mojo for the Soho business crowd and cultural types. Statement artworks, tasteful lighting and biscuit-coloured walls keep a low profile, allowing the often simple but ever-changing menu to deliver the thrills. ‘From the first bite of beyond-fresh sea urchin to the last lick of handmade gelato, the kitchen doesn’t put a foot wrong’: try the ‘wonderful’ salad of pomegranate, radish and pecorino with truffle oil, the Roman tripe, chilli and tomato stew (‘a standout’) or pappardelle with punchy hare ragù – regionally annotated peasant food fashioned from ‘great ingredients at their best’. For dessert, the chocolate and marzipan ball with rum-infused raisins is recommended. Tuned-in staff and ‘creative wine recommendations’ by the carafe complete an expressively authentic package.

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  1. Bocca di Lupo

    12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB
    Overall rating:
    Federica S.
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 3

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  1. Published : Monday, 30th June 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Bocca di Lupo, Soho

    Bocca di Lupo (which means ‘into the mouth of the wolf’) is an Italian restaurant in Soho and one in which I’ve always struggled getting a table – believe me I’ve tried. We were on the waiting list for dinner for my friend’s birthday and as luck would have it, they managed to squeeze us in as long as they had the table back within two hours. The restaurant was split into two sections; a long and narrow bar with stool seats overlooking the kitchen, and a small dining room out the back, which is where we were seated. Waiters quickly scurried in and out of the tightly packed tables, which gave everything a slightly chaotic but charming atmosphere...
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  2. Bocca di Lupo has the now famous menu noting each dish’s region and “BDL” for the ones that their chef has created. It also has the great option of small and large plates – excuse me if I call this meze style instead of tapas style. Small plates are actually great if you want to sample a number of things and that’s what we went for. You will *not* find carbonara on this menu (needless to say, a good thing). The wild boar porchetta with fennel salad was surprisingly yummy (their fennel fresh and full of taste), the mozzarella bocconcini light and fluffy, the asparagus expertly grilled (though I think the parmigiano just drowns out their great taste). Favourite dishes were the nettle & potato gnocchi with braised kid goat ragù (melts in the mouth) and the grilled lamb sweetbread & artichoke served on chilli bruschetta (all excellently cooked with the bruschetta giving you an almighty kick of heat)...
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  3. Published : Sunday, 27th April 2014

    inher30s :: Bocca di Lupo

    Small plates, small plates everywhere. Yes sure, they’re great when you want to dip a fork into someone else’s plate to sample something, but not so fantastic when with colleagues or mere acquaintances and a ‘bite’ means you’ve wiped out half the plate. So when you head somewhere like an Italian trattoria focussing on small plates, you can’t help but be dubious about how this sharing eating etiquette will work out. Bocca di Lupo is a bit more sensible, the menu has small & large versions of everything so you can share in a far more civilised fashion, should the notion take you. And even better for sharing, round tables, may seem like only a minor detail, but round tables were made for sharing and for groups of people to take in a meal together...
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  4. Published : Saturday, 22nd March 2014

    The Food Judge :: Bocca di Lupo. We wolfed it down.

    And I know everyone has already been here and it’s not new and it was the place and it’s fun and funky and buzzy but I hadn’t. I have, however, frequented that ode to sugar and fat, over the road at Gelupo. One of the best Gelaterias in London. The dairy-free chocolate ice-cream is a thing of beauty. Save room and pop over the road for a cone after. But I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s a fairly compact, narrow restaurant, this...
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  5. Published : Saturday, 15th February 2014

    The Cutlery Chronicles :: bocca di lupo, soho - review

    Bocca di lupo ("the mouth of the wolf") is a spruced-up Soho trattoria, more stylish and better dressed than one would usually associate with an informal Italian dining experience. It’s too easygoing and friendly to call itself a high-end ristorante, but it certainly looks the part with a front half dominated by an impressive marble bar overlooking an open kitchen for off-the-cuff grazing and home to a busy prosciutto slicer, and the rear occupied by tables and statuesque paintings with the feel of a living room in a stately home. Established in 2008, it could easily be regarded as a senior representative of the Soho dining scene when compared to the unending list of recent openings within the area. Victor Hugo (what a name) and Head Chef Jacob Kennedy (formerly at Moro) present an almost daily-changing menu of honest and uncomplicated regional Italian cuisine, the sort of food you would like to think your mamma would make if she was Italian. Where they can make ingredients themselves, they do - pasta, gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles...
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  6. Perhaps one of the most raved about restaurants since it opened has been Bocca Di Lupo. Critics and bloggers have been talking about its heavenly dishes, and others accusing it of being over hyped. Personally it’s a bit of both after my experience at the restaurant. Bocca Di Lupo focuses on Italy cuisine from across all of the countries regions. It’s all very simple, stripped back with a focus on high quality ingredients, which with some careful cooking, speak for themselves. We struggled to get a reservation at Bocca Di Lupo, but after some grovelling, the reservations assistant squeezed us in at the bar, which we weren't to happy about. After a few elbow nudges I discovered we actually had the best seat in the house, right in front of the grill and a great chance to see all the cooking and chaos between the chefs. It was great fun...
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  7. For years Bocca di Lupo has been at the forefront of the modern open-kitchen tapas revolution in London. Without a shadow of a doubt it is one of the premier restaurants in London and any self-respecting foodie visits them on a regular basis if only to remind themselves of the high benchmark against which many other restaurants are to be judged...
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  8. Published : Wednesday, 31st July 2013

    vialaporte :: Bocca Di Lupo // Soho // London

    In London, a proper night out should always have a stop in Soho, the pulsing heart of the capital. However, it’s an absolute maze of streets, so it’s best to know where you’re going before getting lost. Archer Street, although just of Piccadilly Circus, can be one of those difficult places to find. Once you arrive in this tiny alley, your eyes will catch sight of the ice cream shop, Gelupo, and on the other side of the road you’ll find its mother restaurant, Bocca Di Lupo. Don’t worry that the building is nondescript, that is certainly not the case with the cuisine they serve...
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  9. Published : Wednesday, 12th June 2013

    the dinersaur :: bocca di lupo

    A couple of weeks ago, I rediscovered some of those Italian flavours and textures right in the heart of Soho, at the amazing Bocca di Lupo. You can see how much heart and expertise is behind Bocca di Lupo simply by looking at the menu, which lists the exact region of Italy that the dish originates from. Bocca di Lupo also scores great points for hospitality, from the friendly and helpful staff who was willing to explain anything on the menu we hadn't heard of, to the impressive bread basket served as soon as you are seated...
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  10. Published : Thursday, 11th April 2013

    Drifting Epicure :: Bocca Di Lupo

    Upon entering you feel the buzz around the long bar with people eating and waiting for tables. Further in is an open kitchen. We were seated fairly quickly at the bar to join the other diners. I don’t know if the sight of Bambi in the menu (see above) helps sales but it’s a nice touch that all dishes has a region in Italy assigned to it. It gave the impression of the care for provenance...
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  11. We’ve been to Bocca di Lupo more often than we care to count. It has been without doubt one of the best restaurants in London for the past few years. It’s one of those class of restaurants that promoted the concept of sharing plates and open kitchens, when there were hardly any restaurants that offered that type of dining experience. Through the years it has proven a popular concept but few restaurants have been able to match Bocca di Lupo in its execution...
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  12. Bocca di Lupo is a trendsetter within the London restaurant scene. It’s one of the first restaurants to feature an open kitchen (Barrafina was even earlier) and one of the first to start Italian tapas (since then the likes of Polppo, Zucca and Antico followed). As a result, Bocca di Lupo is slowly becoming an institution in the London (West End) dining scene...
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