Bar Termini Soho 4444

7 Old Compton Street , London, W1D 5JE

2 reviews

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SquareMeal Review of Bar Termini Soho

Cocktail supremo Tony Conigliaro's Bar Termini references the traditional buffet bars typical of grand Italian railway stations back in the day when Gina Lollobrigida and Silvano Mangano epitomised Roman style and train travel was a similarly elegant proposition – although we advise booking ahead to guarantee a seat. Looking dapper in pristine white tuxedos, Termini’s suave signori serve classic aperitivi, spritzes, Bellinis and various house Negronis, although the Marsala Martini might be too dainty for ‘Macho of Milano's’ street cred. Instead, he might prefer a bottle of Peroni and coffee so powerful it could kick-start a Vespa. To eat, beef carpaccio, baby paninis, burrata and blu di bufala cheese feature among a limited selection of buffet fare. In short, this café and bar is as cute as a cream-upholstered 1957 Fiat Cinquecento and as tight a squeeze as Sophia Loren in a scarlet satin dress circa Scandal in Sorrento.


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7.0

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.5

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Adam W. 12 September 2016

As someone who has always thought Italians do it better, Bar Termini beautifully perpetuates this belief. This is the closest thing to stepping in to an Italian cafe cum aperitivo spot I have ever come across. The batch Negronis are consistently excellent and kick off an evening nicely, especially in those sensibly-sized and neat glasses. The staff are always welcoming and courteous, all of which makes for an early evening experience which took me back to days of sundowners and snacks in Milan. Be sure and book a table though as it gets full quickly!

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Amy M. platinum reviewer 30 March 2015

Everything in Bar Termini is small, from the space itself the drinks list. Which is great, if you do it very well. Unfortunately this wasn't our experience. With only one choice of red and one choice of white, you would expect a great bottle. But at £34, the Valpolicella was insipid and disappointing. They also ran out! Only one bottle was to be had. There is a reasonable prosecco as an alternative, but again at a £34 price tag and so it requires, champagne pockets for a lemonade lifestyle. The staff are lovely and do their best to be charming and engaging, but it really isn't enough to redeem the other elements. Additionally, Bar Termini, feels just that. A bit like you are on your way to somewhere else, not necessarily inviting you to linger. I won't be going bac.

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