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|Address:||8 Formosa Street, London W9 1EE|
|Tel:||020 7266 2708|
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It must have been nearly 10 years since I last tried booking unsuccessfully for dinner at Red Pepper; and why it was that I have left it for so long I could not then or now recall or justify, but just that it is what it is. And so when my neighbourly pal suggested that we meet after work for an “early”, be it for drinks or a bite, I was readily led on the suggestion that it was early enough to try dropping by into Red Pepper, which he hinted was still as exquisite as I might remember.
Indeed whether by serendipity or other, there was a table for two available at least until 8pm and so we settled into a comfortable corner in what is a small dining room with typical Italianate bistro environs. The service is congenial and friendly, and which I felt was not only because my friend was well known to them.
We ordered from the a la carte menu, sharing a starter of roasted mozzarella and basil salad and each had the home made open ravioli of tomato, zucchini, prawns and mushrooms for our mains. The salad was fresh and enlightening whilst the ravioli was a perfect blend of flavours, warming one's heart on this winter's day. We finished with their tiramisu which is typical and sweet but mellow.
I don't think I will leave it for so long or need any prompting before revisiting this hidden gem of Maida Vale again.