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The choice of well-heeled locals for suppers and minor celebrations, A Cena continues to please. It’s an attractive space: all polished wood and white tablecloths. If possible, sit where the room mushrooms out behind the bar, as here the atmosphere is generally buzzing and the draughts have nowhere to go. The kitchen is perfectly competent at cooking the modish range of Italian dishes on the menu – start with a deep, rich Chianti-braised beef bruschetta, or a simple Parma ham and mascarpone risotto; move on to grilled sea bream with capers and lemon, or Gloucester Old Spot cutlet with baked aubergine and oregano. The standard may not cut the mustard in Knightsbridge, but it’s better than you might expect in the ‘burbs, and prices are kind: especially for the express lunch and dinner menus. There’s an interesting Italian wine list to match, and a barman versed in grown-up cocktails to boot.

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A Cena

418 Richmond Road ,London TW1 2EB

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Dec 2009

In my opinion, one of the better restaurants I've had the pleasure of eating at outside of the heavyweight central London diners. The prices make it an “occasion eatery” for ordinary folk but when you go it's well worth it. Don't expect to find pizza at this Italian – it's considerably more sophisticated than that. The portions are relatively small but not mean and most of us are too fat anyway. By quality of food, it's a step-up from local comparables such as Brula and most of the restaurants across...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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A Cena

418 Richmond Road ,London TW1 2EB

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Aug 2009

Ate at A Cena last night and had been meaning to do so for several months as we are local but had never got around to it and on reading many good reviews of it this week thought it was about time we had the A Cena experience!! What a disappontment it was!! After being seated we were immediately asked if we wanted some water instead of an apperitiff and indeed had to try and get someones attention to order one. I found the choice of starters-not being a meat eater-boring and plumped for the scallops...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 1

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A Cena

418 Richmond Road ,London TW1 2EB

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Nov 2008

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Due to most of Richmond's roads being closed, I had to walk the last half mile to this place, over the bridge and in both shirtsleeves and the cold, and so it was going to have to be good from the start if it was going to improve my mood. Fortunately it was. That I have given each category the same score is a real compliment – it is not often that restaurants get the balance right, particularly at the upper end of the rating scale, between all the important elements of dining out, and frequently...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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