Filini at the Radisson BLU Liverpool
As part of an established worldwide brand, Filini at Liverpool’s Radisson Blu follows a well-tried formula: serving simple, bold Italian cooking in opulent hotel surroundings. The restaurant looks out over the river, which makes for great waterfront sunsets, though the ornate Italian fretwork over the windows means diners need to peep through at the view. There are elaborate chandeliers and sumptuous red leather seating here too – giving the place the look of an oriental eatery. Smart, efficient staff bring the food, which could start with antipasti bursting with the flavours of grilled aubergine, roast peppers, and a carrot and fennel salad. Grilled fish is offset by a tangy caponata for main course, while pan-roasted lamb rump is a wonderfully tender piece of meat. Light, fresh desserts complete the package; we recommend tucking into zesty sorbets or a rich chocolate fondant as the sun sets over the Mersey.