18 July 2011
Our most recent visit is always “not long ago”. We've been eating here 15-20 times per year for many years.
The food is of a very good Italian trattoria standard, rather than of a formal up market restaurant (ie they're not competing with Zafferano or Locatelli). Very dependable, comfort style food. Nothing too sophisticated or to get excited about, just decent quality traditional dishes. Perfect for a relaxing end of weekend Sunday evening meal.
Like any very well run trattoria, the dining room tends to have a very pleasant and very buzzy atmosphere, and the staff are normally very pleasant, friendly and efficient, despite being busy. Its very much run as a friendly family local, even though it’s a part of D&D, with regulars being acknowledged and recognised by staff. Very nice given the volume of covers, and a lot better than many owner managed restaurants I've been to !
The wine list is sufficient for most meals, and includes some very reasonable less expensive bottles at £25 level. We normally spend £30-£35.
The menu is relatively short, which is fine. We normally have spicy chicken or tuna, or the very popular seafood linguine. Over the last 6 months we've paid on average £47 for 2 for 2 courses, inc service, ex drinks. Total bills tend to be about £90. Seems fair value given the quality of food, service and the prime riverside location (with outside tables, with heaters and a waterproof canopy !!).
One of the best of the ex Conran restaurants in Shad Thames. We like the combination of the casual and informal environment, with friendly staff, plus the very reliable comfort type food.
All the features of an upmarket Trat. We shall be back, very soon …