Luca

333

"EXCELLENT"

2 reviews

88 St John Street , London, EC1M 4EH

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0203 8593 3000

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Luca London Italian restaurant The Clove Club city
Luca London city restaurant bar Italian
Luca London Italian restaurant The Clove Club city
Luca London city restaurant bar Italian
Luca London Italian restaurant The Clove Club city
Luca London Italian restaurant The Clove Club city
Luca London city restaurant bar Italian
Luca London Italian restaurant The Clove Club city

SquareMeal Review of Luca

333

"EXCELLENT"

The second outing from The Clove Club’s Isaac McHale, Johnny Smith and Daniel Willis proves that the Young Turk trio are more than one-hit wonders. Luca, they say, is a ‘Britalian’ restaurant – ie Italian cooking recast with British ingredients. It’s a clickbait-friendly concept, although the most striking feature of the place is its styling, which suggests 1950s Italian design adapted for current London restaurant trends: no tablecloths, fabulous lighting and a pasta-making room that transforms into a private dining space once the day’s work is done. Meals follow the classic four-course format, but go easy on breakout stars such as the Parmesan fries (actually gloriously gooey churros) if you want to make it to dessert. Pasta was the unequivocal highlight for us, from spaghettini laced with Morecambe Bay potted shrimps (blitzed into a buttery, bisque-like sauce) to classic pumpkin and chestnut ravioli, still with some stiff al dente bite. Elsewhere, we also liked softly crusted roast scallops sitting on an earthy splodge of Jerusalem artichoke purée, with ’nduja butter bleeding down the gutters of their shells, and a hefty rump of Hereford beef lined with a crisp sliver of pancetta – although a delicious plate of Hebridean lamb chops with rosemary breadcrumbs and mashed swede seemed more ‘gastropub’ than ‘gastronomia’. The only real let-down was service, which was standoffish, slow off the mark and dodgy in the wine department. Alternatively, nibble on sandwiches, salads and small plates in the bar, which is as beautifully designed as the rest of the restaurant. 

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Luca Location

88 St John Street , London EC1M 4EH

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0203 8593 3000

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Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -5pm)

Private Dining

Luca Private Dining Room
The Garden Room at Luca
Luca Private Dining Room
The Pasta Room at Luca
Luca Private Dining Room
Luca Private Dining Room

The Garden Room
Overlooking the open kitchen, The Garden Room is an indoor space which retains the exterior features of the Grade II listed building in the style of a southern Italian garden. The Garden Room is available for lunch or dinner bookings and can seat up to eight people.
The Pasta Room
As the title suggests, The Pasta Room is where Luca’s chefs make pasta each day. Designed to look and feel like a traditional Italian home kitchen, the room is available for lunch or dinner bookings and can seat up to 10 people. 

For more details on both spaces, please email privatedining@luca.restaurant.

The Garden Room Capacity: 8
The Pasta Room Capacity: 10

Luca's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 10.0

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Service: 10.0

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Atmosphere: 10.0

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Value: 10.0

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Silver Reviewer
12 September 2018

We had another great celebration lunch in the Garden Room last week. The staff were very efficient. The food as good as ever. Their wine list is exceptional. Well worth a visit.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Silver Reviewer
29 June 2018

As a result of seeing a recommendation by Square Meal last year regarding private dining rooms, we booked the Pasta Room at Luca for our 2017 Christmas celebration for 10 people and then booked the Garden Room in June 2018 for 8 people to celebrate a 60th birthday. We selected the £55 per head set menu and the restaurant accommodated all the various dietary requirements we have. They have an excellent wine and drink list. We plan on returning to Garden Room in September 2018 for another celebration.

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