23 August 2012
Looking at the previous reviews for this restaurant, let's be clear: it changed hands last year, and it is a vast improvement. We went on a hot day last week just after 6 o'clock and we were immediately shown into the garden at th back. For the next hour, we were the only ones in the restaurant; let's face it, who else is mad enough to eat at 6pm, unless, like us, you'd skipped lunch. So service for us was great. By the time we finished the meal, the restaurant had started to fill up, and I suspect it is full nearly every night. This means one thing: the food is good. It was still very hot in the garden, so we started with Vitello Tonnato and the Cold sliced suckling pig. Now, I know they both feature cold sliced meat; if I'd have known I'd be reviewing the restaurant, I would have chosen something hot to start. Never mind, they were both delicious. Then we had Spaghetti with Lobster: half a darling with the most delicious tomato sauce. Needless to say it went everywhere: if the next door table had been filled, it would have coated them, too. And a Veal Milanesa. Now, we're hot on Milanesas in our house: my other half comes from Argentina, where it's a benchmark. This nearly filled the plate (good sign) and certainly came up to scratch (sometimes it's not Veal, but here it was) and the biggest mistake we made was not to order a side dish of potatoes. Two courses with wine came to £88.50 plus service. That still keeps it in the neighbourhood price bracket. Now that Sarde Canale has gone, this is a great Italian restaurant to have on your doorstep.