SquareMeal Review of Carluccio's Bond Street
Carluccio’s signature blue & white awnings have been brightening up high streets (& boosting house prices) since 1999. These classy-looking caffè/delis are places to use rather than adore, whether for a mid-shopping pit stop or for an impromptu lunch with pals or family. Open all day, they’re a good shout for a pick-me-up espresso or Prosecco (depending how the day’s going). The mid-priced food is ‘reasonably good’ rather than stupendously so, but the chattering classes still pile in for their fix of Puglian olives, wild boar ragù, pasta alla puttanesca & osso bucco milanese. ‘Stick to the simpler stuff’, advises one regular. The produce in the shop is rather more drool-worthy: ‘I would refuse to leave without making a purchase from the deli’, insists one fan. Wise words.
About Carluccio's Bond Street
We’ve all been there. After a hard day of shopping you’re absolutely ravishing but just can’t decide on where to eat. Enter Carluccio’s Fenwick on Bond Street. Located just off the department store itself, this restaurant is a quick and easy place to grab a bite to eat after a long day of browsing (or buying things in) the shops.
Specialising in Italian cuisine, you can expect to find a plethora of well-known or much-loved dishes. On the pasta menu, you'll find dishes such as seafood linguine, ricotta and spinach ravioli and langoustine fettucce – with mussels and cherry tomatoes. From the main menu, you can try the classic chicken Milanese, swordfish muddica or mushroom risotto.
Focusing on fresh and simple ingredients, that late founder of the restaurant, Antonio Carluccio, loved to use in his own home cooking, you are guaranteed authentic dishes from all regions of Italy to enjoy. They follow the motto of ‘minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour’ – a saying Carluccio lived by when it came to cooking Italian food.
As well as lunch and dinner, Carluccio’s also serves breakfast. The menu contains lots of brunch dishes with an Italian twist. For example, each egg dish is served with ciabatta as opposed to regular toast. There is even an Italian take on French toast using panettone in replace of bread and served with ricotta yoghurt, berries, honey and cinnamon. Porridge and granola are on the menu too if it’s a light healthy breakfast you’re after.
Regardless of when you decide to visit, the minimal blue and white interiors, comfy seating and subtle Italian touches makes for a great place to enjoy an impromptu meal at any time of day. Don’t forget to accompany your meal with a glass of Italian wine or Prosecco and pay a visit to the small Italian grocer shop located at the front of the restaurant before you leave – you may find your new favourite ingredient.