Cibo

3 Russell Gardens , London, W14 8EZ

020 3589 2114

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SquareMeal Review of Cibo

To the west of Holland Park, smart Cibo occupies an odd-looking room with gleaming white walls adorned with rather tacky ‘3D’ cartoons of naked women, spotlights & an assortment of vases that look like auction cast-offs. Nevertheless, Cibo’s chefs know what they are doing & wheel out expertly cooked Italian dishes with a flourish. There’s nothing too revolutionary here, so expect whole fish (perhaps sea bream) baked in wine, herbs & tomatoes or grilled veal cutlets with rosemary. Pastas are classy & mouthwatering –try ravioli filled with pheasant or the lavish lobster spaghetti. For dessert, zabaglione is given an update with figs, while tiramisu is ever-present. The all-Italian wine list is pretty reasonable, considering the area, with house vino priced at £18.50.

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Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

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Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

James C. gold reviewer 24 February 2014

What primarily drew me to this restaurant was that it was favourite of Celebrity Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music in the good old days when he lived in Kensington. And smooth it is too! The decor is like some Arty Italianate Costa Amalfi Villa statues and all pastels and art.You really feel transported. When I dined it was filled with old Harrovian types all very gentlemanly and sedate. Not everyones cup of tea in Shepherds Bush but OK if you are comfy with that. The bread and stuff was all really nice like real Sicily. The Squid on Spaghetti was great with real black ink etc used to advantage very unusual. Service was casually attentive and fairly relaxed You didnt feel like you had six searchlights glaring at you throughout the meal as the Manager got on with his business behind the bar. Opening hours were a bit erratic like only in Evenings sometimes. Pricey but worth it a real experience just to say youve dined there. You really tune into Ferrys'taste .

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