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|Address:||50 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8HA|
|Tel:||020 7399 4330|
|Price: £83.00||Wine: £55.00||Champagne: £80.00|
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Novikov is indeed one of London's favourite destination restaurants due to its superb location, terrific buzz, wonderful service (attentive but not servile or pompous) and excellent cuisine.
I dined in the Italian restaurant which is perhaps less celebrated than its Asian sister restaurant, but that will change as more customers experience the quality of the food and service here.
It is very reassuring that the staff are largely Italian as there is definitely an “Italian” way of doing things and the traditions and nuances of Italy are maintained through the staff.
The restaurant itself is quite large, but never cavernous or tunnel like, due to clever interior design which provides both a buzzy, exciting atmosphere, with intimacy in the various banquette and separate dining areas. The visibility of the chefs provides a true Italian trattoria look as well.
We took lunch here and the set lunch menu provides an absolutely superb value for money experience with three courses available for £26.00! For London's West End that must be something of a challenge for most restaurants to provide.
I began with a delicious salmon tartare which was succulent, moist and very flavoursome. My prima patti of homemade pasta with a ragu sauce was equally delicious. Home made pasta is always superb. My main dish was wonderful grilled mackerel in a Sicilian sauce, with fresh fagioli bianci and a puree of potato. The whole meal was faultless and I was incredulous that a restaurant in Mayfair could offer such a super lunch so competitively and without cutting any corners.
Our lunch was accompanied by a fantastic bottle of Lucente 2010, an award winning Super Tuscan wine from the celebrated Luce Estate in Montalcino. This is the introductory wine of this estate but its depth, balance and concentration is more reminiscent of many estates' flagships.
The staff were all superb, from the ladies at the reception desk whose elegant and sophisticated beauty sets the tone of this restaurant, to the knowledgeable and helpful but never overbearing or superior waiting staff and sommeliers.
All in all an excellent lunch experience and one which I hope to repeat soon!