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11 Cadogan Gardens
Occupying the lower-ground floor of No. 11 Cadogan Gardens, “minuscule” Tartufo occupies two interconnecting rooms tastefully decorated with an arty mix of period tea sets, books and vintage prints by the likes of Jean Cocteau and Belgian illustrator Jean-Michel Fólon. Menus spell out a roster of contemporary Italian dishes with pan-European add-ons, and readers reckon the kitchen is “firing on all cylinders” at the moment. Savoy cabbage ‘timballo’ is served with Talleggio velouté and black truffle, beetroot risotto is embellished with smoked sea trout, Pigato wine and chive sauce, while roast pheasant sits alongside spelt, broccoli, Jerusalem artichoke purée and hibiscus compote. To finish, choose aged Italian cheeses or take the sweet route with tiramisu or pistachio sponge cake. Appropriately, Italy and France dominate the classy wine list, while “absolutely excellent” service seals the deal.
11 Cadogan Gardens
Sloane Square Tube Station 293m
Knightsbridge Tube Station 934m
Peter Jones 150m
Royal Court Theatre 285m
Tues-Sat 12N-2pm 7-10pm Sun 12N-4pm
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Food + drink: 5
Although it took us some time to actually locate 11 Cadogan Gardens being that the door numbering is far from logical in this neighbourhood, we were more than happy to finally stumble upon it and discover the little bit of heaven that is Tartufo. No, it is not big on either size or atmosphere, but it certainly delivers on food and service. I’m not usually a fan of basement restaurants, but this just felt like a welcoming and sumptuous cocoon where I could happily while away many an hour. We opted for the set dinner menu and both of us struggled to make choices from the three dishes available for each course. Absolute standout dish was the truffle tortelloni with walnut and mascarpone which thankfully we both chose as I dread to think what the plate envy situation would have been like otherwise. On raving about this dish at the end of the evening to the maitre d’ he suggested that if we loved that, then we simply must return and try the truffle tasting menu; given that we now know how to find #11 I think it is a dead cert that a swift return is on the cards.
Tartufo opened to rave reviews, but it has gone little quiet around the miniscule Italian fine-dining outfit in deepest Chelsea. On a recent visit the kitchen was firing on all cylinders producing modern Italian food - often with generous helpings of truffle if so wished - which was worthy of competing with London's all time great Italian restaurants. The food is a touch more 'modern', than in most but does not suffer the identity crises modern Italian cooking can display in Italy sometimes. The restaurant is indeed small, so choose wisely. It is great for a date but will never be as buzzing as say Cecconi's. It can be useful for a quiet business meal though and the one thing that makes it a success in the end is absolutely excellent service.
Food + drink: 2
From reading reviews, I expected this to be the next great restaurant best kept secret . We had the lunch menu which is great value however it did not deliver on quality, taste or creativity I was expecting. Risotto was too creamy and overcooked so that it was more like a rice pudding, main course of fish was quite nice but had a strange smell and sauce was slimy that I didn't feel great after hence we did not order deserts. Good service, quaint room even if it is in the basement it is still light, cosy and comfortable. Overall a very disappointing lunch.
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