Evoluzione at Hotel Xenia

Afternoon tea, Italian·

SquareMeal Review of Evoluzione at Hotel Xenia

Well-placed for Earl’s Court and the museums of South Kensington, Evoluzione is the in-house restaurant of the Hotel Xenia on Cromwell Road and, as the name suggests, offers a forward-looking take on Italian cuisine, courtesy of chef Andrea Angeletti.

That might mean roast scallops in a gently curried sauce followed by roasted duck breast with a burnt onion crust and berry sauce, although there’s usually a simple fish dish for plainer tastes: Dover sole or fillet of sea bass, say.

Pasta is a strength – passatelli in a creamy truffle sauce or an eggy tangle of tagliolini – while vegetarians might get a pretty plate of colourful veg with edible flowers atop a moist panade base.

Lunch dishes tend to be lighter, with a strong showing of classic salads, posh sandwiches and comfort food along the lines of deep-fried calamari, asparagus omelette and fillet of beef.

There’s no mistaking you’re dining in a hotel but, on the upside, very friendly staff deliver professional service, tables are well spaced, it’s open for breakfast (full English and veggie, pastries and a buffet) and, should you wish to do more than eat, there’s a bar on the other side of the lobby.

Not so hungry? £29 buys you a platter of cheese and charcuterie with two glasses of wine. Afternoon tea for parties of 12, meanwhile, can be held on the hotel’s rooftop.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Afternoon tea, Italian
Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Rooftop
Special Features
Wheelchair access
Child friendly, Group dining [8+]

Location for Evoluzione at Hotel Xenia

160 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW5 0TL

020 7442 4242


Opening Times

Mon 17:00-23:30
Tue 17:00-23:30
Wed 17:00-23:30
Thu 17:00-23:30
Fri 17:00-23:30
Sat 17:00-23:30
Sun 17:00-23:30

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Michael F

You have to try this new restaurant
22 May 2013  
I am normally a lurker on sites like this, but having eaten at the newly opened Evoluzione in Cromwell Rd, I am inspired to write my first reviews. Evoluzione has been open less than two weeks. They are still shaking down the service a bit, and the stock of wine is not quite what is suggested by the extensive wine list. Normally by this point, I would be quietly fuming and looking for the first opportunity to leave. However… The front page of the menu has an interesting philosophical discussion on flavour and healthiness. The essential point is that great food, especially great Italian food, can also be healthy. The food descriptions show all sorts of interesting combinations of flavours. There are also phrases like “low temperature cooked” that struck me as reminiscent of Heston Blumenthal at home. I ordered the low temperature octopus for the entree, and the low-temperature ostrich for the main. I blame Heston. Having tried slow cooking at home, I am fascinated by the flavours and textures that can be achieved. The octopus , quite simply, was out of this world. It was far and away the best octopus that I have ever eaten. Bar none. It was very tender, with none of the leathery texture that one often experiences. The accompanying tomato, basil, olives, and potato sauce matched the octopus perfectly. This was so good that before I had finished eating, I was searching online for sous-vide recipes to try this at home. The ostrich, once again slow cooked, was also fantastic. It came with asparagus, spinach and an excellent sauce. The meat was cooked medium rare, and was full of flavour and very tender. My only criticism is the I would have liked a little more sauce. If you are in the area, and appreciate something really novel in food without being way out, you just have to try this place,
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