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|Address:||45 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RS|
|Tel:||020 3589 2117|
|Price: £35.00||Wine: £19.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 10am-12M (Thurs-Sat -2am Sun -5pm)|
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I wanted to LOVE Giant Robot but I just ended up liking it. Maybe it was the fact we went on a Sunday afternoon and missed the brunchy buzz, but I felt that they were just serving Americanised Italian classics that could have been done better elsewhere. The decor was very cool – all exposed brick and vintage light fixings.
On the meal itself… meatballs were pretty average, but the piadine ROCKED (flatbread with gorgeous melty gruyere, mushrooms and spinach.) The much vaunted ice cream sandwich was a massive let down – a homebaked (they assured me) cookie which tasted like something I'd get from a service station was sandwiched around the vanilla ice-cream, which again was just not very special.
Bloody marys, on the other hand, were delicious! You'd get better for the price either going to a proper Italian restaurant or an all-out American diner. Or maybe just sticking to cocktails when you're there!