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|Address:||1 Snowden Street, London EC2A 2DQ|
|Tel:||020 3463 7528|
|Price: £60.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 11.45am-3pm Mon-Sat 5.30-11pm (Sat -11.30pm)|
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Although it does not live up to its name, (I found it a somewhat soul-less place in terms of the room, the service, ambience and atmosphere), the food is nigh on fautless. I started with the intriguing charcoal scallops with n'djuia whch despite being a more than ample serving, I could have easily eaten over and over again. As this was a lunchtime with work beckoning into the afternoon, I opted for a pasta main course of fidelini with fresh crab – although this did not exactly live up to its “spicy” warning on the menu, it was a beautifully cooked, fresh and tasty dish. For dessert, we both had the pannacotta with coffee spumane and our giggles when two dishes of what can only be described as boob-shaped blancmange arrived, were clearly lost on the waitress. Clearly too young to remember Benny Hill or any of the Carry On's! The dish itself was a wonderful concoction of flavours and soft textures, once the initial hit of espresso wore off.
I would definitely recommend and return to l'Anima but it would be a much better experience if only the staff were just a little bit more friendly rather than perfunctory. We had to ask for everything and although we were not in a particular hurry, it would have been nice to have had a little more attention paid to us, especially given the prices charged.