SquareMeal Review of
Massimo Restaurant & Bar
Set in the swanky Corinthia Hotel, this impressive dining room has real wow factor, thanks to the David Collins design of imposing Corinthian columns, intricate mosaic floors and swathes of parquet. Eponymous chef Massimo Riccoli no longer runs the kitchen here, but you can still find authentic Italian flavours amid a roll-call of smart trattoria-style dishes. Choices include classic parmigiana di melanzane, soft-fleshed octopus with potato cream and zesty Amalfi lemon, lamb in a black olive crust and a selection of perfectly al dente pasta, including pappardelle with wild boar ragu, and seasonal pheasant ravioli. If you don’t have time to linger, head for the lavish oyster bar: a glamorous spot to indulge a love of crustaceans or flappingly fresh ceviche. Imposing prices throughout can be offputting, though the set menu notably offers three courses plus a glass of Prosecco for £30. Hotel-style service is “friendly and caring”.