Just a stroll from Parliament, this smart, light-filled basement is popular with MPs, civil servants, lobbyists and the journos who shadow them. It’s an appealing setting for affairs of state, with cool cream-leather seating, blonde-wood floors, large mirrors, flowers and – of course – discreet tables. Lunch is busy and brisk, while gentler evenings offer more time to savour the ‘consistently enjoyable’ Italian cooking and wine list. The short seasonal menu lists dependable trattoria staples including a daily risotto and beef carpaccio. Lighter fish dishes are in demand, too (try the seared scallops with cauliflower, speck and pine kernels), and whole grilled sea bass is dissected at the table with much ceremony. Set menus are terrific value and the whole package seldom fails to please.
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