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|Address:||214 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ|
|Tel:||020 7407 4682|
|Price: £42.00||Wine: £18.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -3.30pm) 6-10.30pm (Sun -9.30pm)|
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Myself and a group of 3 others went to Antico for the first time last week. As one of the most recent addition to Bermondsey street, Antico has big shoes to fill. And fill them it does!
Antico provides a welcome venue for casual but top notch dining (as well as a downstairs lounge bar for after dinner drinks!!)
We booked ahead of time for dinner on a Thursday and lucky we did because the restaurant was bustling when we arrived. Despite this we were attended to promptly and soon found ourselves seated with aperitifs and olives.
The atmosphere, as mentioned in other reviews was lively but we saw this as a good point. It is the sound of people enjoying drink, food and most importantly life!
Our food was superbly cooked and presented, and arrived at our table at a perfect pace for social dining. We never felt rushed whilst having an attentive and polite waiter at hand throughout the evening.
Highlights of our dining experience included the delightful pork tortellini in sage butter which was kindly prepared as a starter portion at our request. The lamb ragu papardelle was also a standout pasta dish. The pasta in both cases being as fresh as we had ever tasted. Another very popular starter with our group was the prawn and squid fritti with aioli, which was demolished indescriminately by all of us!
Mains in our group included the 35 day aged ribeye steak cooked medium rare to mouthwatering perfection. we were going to go for the Beef Fiorentina to share but i don't like sharing! Maybe next time… The tuna steak combined unlikely but complimentary ingredients (treviso (a bitter red leaf), capers and balsamic reduction) to make a very interesting dish.
Dessert was a selection of what the waiter recommended and enough spoons to go around! We ordered the espresso icecream, blood orange sorbetto, chocolate and hazelnut cake and of course, the tiramisu. In my opinion, this is the only way to have dessert.
Antico is able to offer something that so many new london restaurants can't, atmosphere and quality combined. This is the kind of place you can laugh out loud and enjoy your food in relaxed friendly surrounds. This is how dining should be so don't expect silver service and tiny portions with blobs of foam…
This is not fine dining, it is GREAT dining.