154 Haverstock Hill , London, NW3 2AY

SquareMeal Review of Ballaró

Ballaró is closed permanently
It’s no wonder the well-heeled denizens of Belsize Park parked on Ballaró’s lime-leather seats are smiling. Sicilian chef Carmelo Carnevale (ex-Novikov Italian Room) and his front-of-house partner certainly know what they’re doing – the welcome is warm, the glasses are chilled and the salt-baked sea bass is served with a sense of occasion. The restaurant takes its name from the famous food market in Palermo, and Carnevale has an Italian’s reverence for quality ingredients, cooking food from his native island with a light touch – ‘no schtick, no gloop, no pretension’, according to one visitor. Elegant marinated tuna with borlotti beans, vanilla and Trapani sea salt might precede Sicilian couscous with seafood or rack of lamb with pumpkin, braised radicchio and orange-blossom water; after that, there’s tiramisu or pecorino with honey, while the wine list offers plenty of choice – as long as it’s Italian.

Ballaró Location

154 Haverstock Hill , London NW3 2AY

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-11pm (Sun -9.30pm)

Ballaró's Reviews


Food & Drink: 8.0


Service: 8.2


Atmosphere: 7.4


Value: 6.8


Food + drink: 1

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 0

Value: 0

15 October 2014

Ballaro closed summer 2014.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

16 January 2014

We went as a foursome for dinner. It's everything you could ask for and more. Everybody chose something different with glasses of wine recommended by the very knowledgeable sommelier and we were all were very happy. The starters all tasted great especially the Frittura of calamari with the addition of chickpea pancakes simply divine .The mains were stunning, the lamb was cooked to perfection and very tasty, the fish was full of flavour and if it’s true that an Italian restaurant is as good as its pastas then Ballaro is certainly an excellent place to dine. It's all the extras and the superb service that make this restaurant stand out above the rest.


Food + drink: 1

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 1

23 December 2013

We recently tried out the new Ballaro restaurant in NW3. The atmosphere was very warm and friendly and we always welcome a new local restaurant in the area. Unfortunately we were most disappointed with the high West End prices and also the final delivery was quite bland and not a restaurant I would return to. To my surprise my starter had a hair in it and my main course, the Baby Roast Chicken with Sun Blanched Tomatoes, Peppers and Potatoes was quite tasteless. My friend had the Pasta with truffle which was small and shockingly priced at £25. Ballaro needs to rethink its pricing, quality of food and sizes of portions.

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