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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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My first time at l’anima, but certainly not the last.
I know several other reviews have knocked the service – personally I found absolutely no reason to complain about it. Everyone was really polite, there were no mistakes, you didn’t sit with an empty plate or glass, there wasn’t any ferocious up-selling, no long or uneven waits between courses, the bill arrived without having to be chased: in short everything you could want and on a par with the best I’ve had anywhere.
The atmosphere is reasonable, but not great. Its one of those places where 95% of the customers are in suits on their way home from work – as I was. The tables are decently spaced, everything is immaculate, if a touch bland and unadventurous, the main gripe was noise – you can’t pick out particular words from surrounding tables, just a general din. We did mention this to the waitress who told us that “everyone says that”.
Value is fairly good, though I think that does depend a little on the choices you make as there are a few main courses at over £30, which I still tend to regard as the preserve of a Mayfair postcode and a Michelin star, but there are some quite good set menu options as well. I paid the bill and 3 people, 3 courses, wine, 2 bottles of water and a couple of glasses of prosecco came to just over £225, or around £75 per head.
Food is very nicely presented, very fresh and in a novelty for much of London arrives when it’s actually still hot as opposed to merely warm. I ate fettuccini with mushrooms and black truffles to start, followed by pork belly with mash and honey and paprika sauce and had lemon zeppola to finish (it’s a choux bun type of arrangement filled with lemony custard). Everything was perfectly pleasant and I think the main or probably only negative was it was just a bit bland – there were no strong flavours or real bite, it just felt a little like the chef had played just a bit too safe.
Having had a few disasters elsewhere recently I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the whole experience and will definitely be returning.