Rotorino 22

434 Kingsland Road, , London, E8 4AA

020 7249 9081

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SquareMeal Review of Rotorino

A co-production between Dock Kitchen chef Stevie Parle and bar supremo Jonathan Downey, Dalston’s Rotorino boasts some pedigree. Certainly, it’s among Kingsland Road’s more professional venues, but it has an endearingly grungy appeal featuring loud 1970s patterns and wine bottles full of garage-forecourt flowers that wouldn’t look misplaced in a hip student bar. Parle’s River Café background influences an all-Italian menu divided into antipasti, primi and secondi, then subdivided into odd categories of ‘stove’, ‘cured in Highbury’, ‘soup’ etc. It’s gutsy grub, not always as finessed as you might hope, but characterful nonetheless. Dig into rigatoni lunghi with ricotta salata, pig’s head terrine, or a trio of beef, chickpea and rocket bruschette, followed by hanger steak or a family portion of burrida fish stew. The wine list, by Street Vin’s Ruth Spivey, goes big on Italy. “Welcoming and stylish” is one fan’s verdict.
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All inclusive Sunday roasts: £15pp

From: 10 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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7.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Kingsland Rd Diner 07 May 2014

We were looking for a quality, local Italian in Hackney to make a change from the abundance of Turkish fare along Kingsland Road and we were not disappointed (until we left). The starters (Pig's Head Terrine / Buffalo Mozzarella / fennel-cured Coppa) did their job: tasty bites to whet the appetite alongside a cold beer. The pastas (small) (Sausage Casarecce / Pea Gnuddi) were cooked perfectly and the hanger steak I got for main was a bargain: succulent and meaty with a chargrilled crust on the outside for a tenner. Overall, the food was excellent, although a major let down was the slow and completely uninterested service. While we weren't expecting the all-singing all dancing friendliness of a family-owned Italian restaurant, you hope that the staff are trained to speak passionately and informatively about the food – of which are waitress did neither (in the slightest). We then found out that there was a a 12.5% compulsory service charge. In short, don't force your customers to pay 12.5% for bad service – if it was good we would have gladly paid 10-12% and left talking about the quality of the food. Rather we left annoyed, lamenting about the days when waiters/waitresses earned their tips through providing diners a great experience.

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Special offers

All inclusive Sunday roasts: £15pp

From: 10 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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