Four To Eight 1

1-3 Catherine Street , London, WC2B 5JZ

020 3641 0648

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5 reviews

42 Italian Covent Garden

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SquareMeal Review of Four To Eight

Set up by two brothers who used to run an Italian sandwich shop on the same site, Four To Eight is a classy addition to the Theatreland dining scene and its small plates menu is perfect for a pre-show pit-stop. Pale wood, reclaimed brick and industrial touches add up to a clean modern feel, while large picture windows overlook the action outside. Inside you can expect well sourced antipasti and classic regional Italian dishes, plus pasta and steaks from the Rare Breed Meat Company in Colchester; all backed by a well-chosen wine list. Stand-outs on our visit included silky venison tartare paired with earthy beetroot, shallots and bitter leaves; autumnal beef shin ragu and indulgent truffle taglioni with perfectly al dente pasta. Zesty Amalfi lemon tart ended the meal on a high note, while the early evening set menu (£18/23 for two/three courses) is a further plus.

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8.6

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 9.4

Atmosphere: 9.0

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Steve B. 18 January 2016

Lovely ambience. Friendly service. A killer wine list too. Whats not to like? This ones firmly on the favourites list now. I'd recommend the Mushroom Risotto!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

neil t. 29 November 2015

We selected this restaurant as a good 'pre-theatre' option in the Aldwych area (and it really is, within minutes of a number of the district's theatres). However, it turned out to be a good ;if lucky) choice of a very good restaurant generally. The food was excellent (very well cooked stonebass, lovely and unusual salad, delectable polenta chips) and the service friendly, informative and personable. The only reason for the slight 'downgrade' in the price category is that the wine-list was a bit limited and the wine relatively expensive. It didn't ruin an otherwise very fine lunch. Highly recommended.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 1.0

TIM E. 27 October 2015

A delightful ambience with a decidedly average food offering. We selected the pre-theatre set menu of 3 courses with a selection of about 4 items for each course. The first course sardine fillets were tiny and covered in a tomato paste and some sort of mushroom flakes, the main course calves liver was seriously undercooked and the dessert strawberry mascarpone seemed without strawberry and was a strange mix of frozen grapes, granola and vanilla ice cream. The wine, a well-rounded Pinot was expensive but good. We felt that the chef had been watching too many 'fancy' cooking programs. There was style but preciously little substance in his creations. Service, particularly from Patrick was very good, but we will not be returning.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Douglas K. 30 August 2015

I was impressed; original and varied approach on the menu. Good flavours, and a wide ranging wine list. And excellent service. Happily recommend.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Jason P. bronze reviewer 04 January 2015

This is a new Italian restaurant located in Covent Garden. It is a two level establishment with a modern design and crisp decor, with the main restaurant at street level and the kitchen and chef's table in the basement. Started with a citrusy Venison Tartare served with crisp, Italian flat breads, and that had sweet beetroot and shallots elements balanced by the bitter lettuce and fermented pear - a new idea for us as we have been having difficulties as to what else to do with our pears from our garden besides chutneys, jams and frozen compotes and purees for winter time crumbles and sponge puddings! For mains, I enjoyed a Sea Bream with crispy skin and the beautiful, flaky fish was complemented by wonderful textures and flavours from the roast lettuce, semolina gnocchi and the salsa verde. Save space for the gorgeous, syrupy Rum Baba. It is enough for two people to share; I should have taken heed of our waiter's warning that it was a big dessert, but my eyes got the better of me when I saw one going to customers in the restaurant upstairs! It was like a big, warm, comforting hug on a plate. Amazing food and thoughtfully matched wine pairings, with the Australian Riesling being a wonderful new taste sensation and the honey notes of the JJ Prum being a perfect end to the meal. Overall, a wonderful new venue with fabulous food and attentive service, and a must for your list of restaurants to visit!

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