Bocca di Lupo 333

12 Archer Street , London, W1D 7BB

020 7734 2223

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SquareMeal Review of Bocca di Lupo

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016 “Just lovely, full of people having a great night” sums up readers’ enthusiasm for bold, unbuttoned Bocca di Lupo – a handsome slice of Italy that “never fails to delight”. It may be squirrelled away on unremarkable Archer Street, but there’s much to enjoy once you’re inside – from the glowing dining counter overlooking the kitchen and bar (highly recommended for a quick bite) to the more comfortable high-ceilinged space at the rear (great for big celebrations). “Fab” waiting staff will guide you through the seasonal selection of small plates and larger specialities, all categorised by region and provenance. The menu changes twice daily, but you might find Venetian sea bream carpaccio splashed with a zing of orange, Tuscan beef tagliata with rosemary or a Lombardy-inspired risotto of deeply pungent porcini mushrooms – all “incredible” and “without fault”. It’s also worth sharing some Roman-style fritti – perhaps delicate sage leaves filled with anchovy, buffalo mozzarella bocconcini or squid with lemon. The celebrated terroir-led wine list matches the regionality of the food and lubricates Bocca’s jovial atmosphere, while prices overall are moderately high – but justifiably so.

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All reservations are for 2 hours. PLEASE NOTE all bookings for parties of 2 will be at the chef's counter rather than at a table.

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8.8

Food & Drink: 9.3

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.7

Value: 7.7

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Sienna L. 04 April 2017

Bocca di Lupo was nice. It has been on my list of restaurants to go for about 2 years so I was very excited to go! (As they change their menu so often I would have only chosen to go at certain times and it is very hard to get a table at short notice) After having read that it is the best Italian in London I had very high expectations as I have eaten a lot of top notch Italian food. I was let down a little bit. While I cannot fault the pasta I had, the fried bocconcini was quite average and didn't come with any sort of sauce. My partners fish in a salt sarcophagus was average and full of small, fine bones and therefore difficult to eat. I like having a kitchen you can see into but the head chef kept yelling numbers and dishes to his staff which was a little bit irritating - I understand it is necessary to instruct your staff however its not what I would choose to listen to at dinner. I don't recall there being any sort of music playing either. I would maybe go back depending on how nice their menu looked, but wont be in any rush.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Amy M. platinum reviewer 09 March 2017

I didn't know what to expect from this self-styled "Venetian tapas" place and I have walked away raving. We opted to sit at the counter and watch the young chefs juggle the orders and perform a veritable ballet in a small space, neither knocking each other or the dishes over! The menu does take a little explanation as there are several different ways to order your meal - either lots of small sharing plates or some sharers with a big sharer or just a big plate for yourself - and there is a lot of choice. We were super greedy (we didn't finish). Every morsel we ate was superb. The mixed seafood frito was to die for, the wild boar papardelle was rich and unguent, the prosciutto was some of the best I have ever tasted (including in Venice) and there was a copious amount of it, not to mention the incredible marinated squid and gigantic tranche of brill with lentils. The wine list has plenty to offer under £50 and the cocktails are definitely worth a snifter. The staff are very charming, there when you want them and not intrusive. The only downside is that they are quite strict on turning your table even if your wine bottle is still half full as the queue doesn't abate until well past 2230 and there isn't a bar per se to finish it at. So beware it is not a place for a long lingering Saturday night, although you will certainly want to. The tables in the back of the restaurant are lovely, particularly if you are on a date, but I would totally recommend sitting by the open kitchen for a bit more fun.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Sarah . bronze reviewer 04 February 2016

Bocca di Lupo has been on my list to try for so long and sadly kept getting overtaken by newer places so I was very excited to have a table booked and I was finally going! The restaurant was busy and is the perfect setting for a get together with friends - if you're a couple, then the counter is for you - as the main restaurant is lots of round tables designed to get conversation and drinks flowing so volume levels are raised.....perfect for the birthday we wanted to celebrate! The food was without fault - we shared starters: Sage leaves filled with anchovy, buffalo mozzarella bocconcini, Tortellini stuffed with pork & prosciutto and a fab radish salad......all full of flavour and decent portions. I ordered the tuna steak for main course, it was served with a fresh herby pesto and I was super happy -it was cooked to perfection, the pesto was the perfect accompaniment. Sides I was a little disappointed not to see a potato offering, but the caponata was incredible and I guess I could fit more food in without the carbs so all was not lost :) Sadly we felt let down by the service, even considered asking them to remove it but then chickened out! There is a service hatch near the bar where I assume the plates are sent to from the kitchen for waiters to distribute - and this was where our waiter spent most of his time, along with his colleagues - so trying to get their attention was very hard when they were all hanging out by this station chatting to each other with their backs firmly turned away from all of us in the restaurant. My main course was brought out wrong so I waited for mine to be made whilst my friends started - not the end of the world at all and I didn't have to wait long, but perhaps a read back of what we had ordered at the start could have avoided this. Our water was forgotten - not a big deal but just very hard to get anyones attention to ask! My friend had her back to a double swinging door and sadly our waiter took it apon himself to let us know when he was in or out of the door by gently bumping her chair every time - the first few times you can ignore -the next few are just plain frustrating! Food - really good Atmosphere - lovely, full of people having a great night

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

richard b. 12 February 2015

I can see what the fuss is about. An innovative menu with some delicious flavour combinations, one visit won't do the large menu justice. From the simple ( grilled squid ) to the sea bream carpaccio with blood orange every plate was a success, though I was a bit surprised to see the salt cod in a thick batter. Knowledgeable and friendly staff, though over the course of ( a slightly extended ) lunch we interacted with a fair number of them. The only slight disappointment was the number at the bottom of the bill..

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 17 December 2014

I had never before tried this pure, soft, cheese with a slight tang and creamy melting quality. The starter with parma ham that was recommended to me arrived on a wooden platter generously draped in wonderfully tender lean thin ham with 3 diamond shaped pillows of warm golden toasted bread and a blob of the snowy squacquerone cheese rounding off an unassuming, and yet sublime combination. I had wanted to visit Bocca di Lupo for a long, long time, but never managed to get the timing right, and now I know just what I have been missing. This food is all about pleasure-giving flavours and textures; the atmosphere is one of enjoyment, packed with people eating with gusto. Who needs theatre and fancy plates when food tastes this good? Clearly ingredients led and even side dishes proved keenly pleasing: the romanesco broccoli complete with leaves, tasted good enough to eat alone. Nothing disappointed, from the guinea-fowl in masala sauce with chestnuts to the classic veal saltimbocca and soft, dense, booze soaked pud contrasted by the other choice of crispy biscuit furls for dipping into a creamy ricotta-like substance the name of which escapes me. The refreshing sparkling dessert wine was also a great recommendation. Of course, the Valpolicella has to have a mention for a perfect match. Less expensive than most of our London dining bills meant great value for an experience we loved. Staff appear to enjoy imparting knowledge and special mention has to go to Michaela (sorry if I have misspelled her name) who took time to explain dishes clearly and comprehensively answering our many questions whilst still managing to keep her eye on the ball the whole time. Every restaurant needs one of her. There is nowhere for BdL to go other than to keep doing more of the same.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Alice S. bronze reviewer 02 June 2014

There is a nice buzz when you walk into the restaurant. Bocca di Lupo has a nice ambiance to it and warm lighting. When ordering wine for the table, our waitress brought over her colleague who gave us his best recommendations for the type of wine we wanted. He came across a little arrogant, but he was very knowledgeable about all the wines. You're spoilt for choice with food. It's great to be able to try one of each of the fritti romani (sharing dishes), although you are paying £4 for something tha'ts gone in two bites. The boccocini's were divine, and the Courgette flower with mozzarella & anchovy was delicious as well although it was practically pouring with grease. For the main I had the Orecchiette with 'nduja, red onion & tomato which had a lovely kick of spice to it and the Agnello cacio e ova (lamb) which just melted in your mouth and it was filled with so much flavour. I order them both in small sizes which was more than enough for me, but again the option of small or large sizes is great as you can try two dishes for the same price as 1 large. The desserts had the icing on the cake. The Cinzia colada – pineapple drenched in rum, coconut sorbet – was extremely refreshing. The chocolate desserts were a bit too heavy after a large meal but delicious nonetheless. Unfortunately there is a table turn over time of 2 hours, but understandable as the restaurant is quite small, but we didn't feel like we were rushed too much. For 6 of us the bill came to about £40 each, so very reasonably priced all in all. All in all a very pleasant experience and I would definitely love to go again.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Sam T. 18 May 2014

Bocca had yet again a great combination of ingredients. The smallish restaurant lends itself perfectly to a really buzzy atmosphere; even for a late lunch. The staff are pleasantly attentive and engage in the right way. Nothing too formal but appearing to genuinely enjoy meeting you. Finally, the food was great. Seafood for starters, scallops were delightful. Mains fab, suckling pig memorable and lamb ragu pasta. Only small improvement is the need for a signature dessert.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Peter J. 10 April 2014

This started badly. A phone call to confirm my booking said I would have seats at the chef's bar as I hadn't said I wanted a table on “special requests”. I said I'd go somewhere else and they came back later and said they had found me a table. Service on departure was surly – my friend's coat was recovered begrudgingly – but at the table was delightful. The menu is fantastic – so many delicious and unusual things to choose from. So all ended well, and I'd certainly return to try different dishes – but fill in “special requests” this time!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

liisa l. 05 April 2014

We have eaten several times at Bocca di Lupo and it is always outstanding. We have only been seated at the Chef's Counter. We love to watch the Chef and his crew put together all of the wonderful dishes. It culinary entertainment! Absolutely everything looks good and it is hard to decide what to have. They have a great wine list. We have either the Chianti Classico Riserva or the Brunello. They open at 5:30 which makes it a perfect place for dinner before the Theatre. You can only have the table for 2 hours, but that's usually fine. Service is friendly and helpful. I would love it if they offered cooking classes! What fun!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Andrew H. 18 October 2013

This is the second time I've eaten here. The regional Italian dishes are authentic, with some less common treats such as lamb sweetbreads. The starters are generally for sharing (a whole large artichoke with dressing and crab – a great dish), a seasonal pasta withe porcini was perfect (although the portion described as large was anything but large); a seabass was just simply poached but with a perfect cuisson.The puddings are less overwhelming. There are a few wines under £30, but not many. The cheap ones are well chosen, and this isn't the place to blow out on a posh bottle. The service is young, vibrant, attentive and professional. My main critique is their business model of trying to pack three servings into each table each night – a pre-theatre, a during theatre, and an after-theatre. So with only two hours, the food comes quickly, and you may be rushed if you want to eat a pudding.

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