Manicomio City

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££££
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Manicomio City

Bronze Award

Housed within a clean, boxy Norman Foster design, Manicomio’s City offer is a popular double-decker: the combination of an easy-going café downstairs and more formal restaurant above works “very well”, with “super-friendly” service and a “low-key, buzzing atmosphere” throughout. Bar snacks such as carta di musica with lardo and honey signal the kitchen’s attention to detail, but it pays to explore the full menu. Pasta is a high point (perhaps Cornish red mullet tagliolini with squid ink, tomatoes, anchovy and chilli), bookended by seasonal antipasti and inventive mains such as hen pheasant bombetta with smoked mozzarella, Parma ham and chestnut. Pudding might be a deconstructed rum baba (“lovely”) or tiramisu parfait given a dark twist with liquorice meringue. There are bold flavours to be found and enjoyed – especially alongside the opportunity-rich selection of Italian wines.

 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
People
Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

About

The City outpost of sophisticated Italian restaurant Manicomio first opened its doors back in 2008 and has been wowing the crowds ever since with its authentic Italian cuisine and impressive wine list.

Located inside a striking glass fronted Norman Foster building, set back from Cheapside and just moments from St Paul’s, Manicomio City is a shrewd choice for business folk looking to enjoy a long lunch, but also welcoming enough to serve as the backdrop for catch ups with friends or even a romantic date night. The dining room is a simple and elegant space, which benefits from plenty of natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows, while tables dressed with white tablecloths and smartly turned out staff add to the air of sophistication.

Manicomio City’s menu is an all-day affair, kicking off with breakfast. Early risers can stop by to tuck into the likes of Tuscan sausage with a fried egg muffin, or go down a more virtuous route with the likes of organic porridge drizzled with honey and topped with blueberries. You can wash down your morning meal with tea and coffee, or a glass of fresh fruit juice.

Later in the day, Manicomio City’s menu expands to encompass the traditional Italian format of antipasti, pasta, meat and fish dishes, sides and desserts. Work your way around the menu by tucking into the likes of fried pork meatballs with smoked Mozzarella and nduja ketchup, followed by rigatoni with tiger prawns and a classic chicken milanese. You can pad out your meal with side orders of zucchini fritti and mixed greens with chilli and garlic, before rounding things off with a sweet treat such as tiramisu or two scoops of your preferred gelato.

As for the drinks, expect to be enthralled by Manicomio City’s wide-ranging 220 wine list - cin cin!


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Can you book Manicomio City?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Does Manicomio City serve breakfast?

Yes, breakfast is served Monday to Friday from 8-11am.

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Does Manicomio City offer vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, there are vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.

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Location

6 Gutter Lane, City of London, London, EC2V 8AS

020 7726 5010 020 7726 5010

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 07:30-10:30
Tue 07:30-10:30
Wed 07:30-10:30
Thu 07:30-10:30
Fri 07:30-10:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 18:00-21:30
Tue 18:00-21:30
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

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34 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Michelle D

30 November 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Excellent

Went there for breakfast this morning. Both the food and the service were excellent. Always reliable

Michelle D

30 November 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Went there for breakfast this morning. Both the food and the service were excellent. Always reliable

Anon

24 April 2023  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 1

Katie H

21 April 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

great breakfast in a light airy room

Katie H

01 April 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

great atmosphere, not too stuffy, food always good. table outside in the summer is nice

Katie H

01 February 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

always a great place to eat - prefer downstairs for lunch as it is more buzzy, but upstairs is quite calm for breakfast

Anonymous

25 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3

Satisfying Italian dinner - nice airy restaurant in the City with large windows, modern interior.

We enjoyed fresh pasta, meats and fish. 

Great to see that restaurant is taking initiatives to collect donations for wildlife charity. 

Katie H

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Lovely food, light airy restaurant, tucked away from the crowds, with a good terrace for the summer and great service.

Paul L

14 September 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Nice food and good service

Paul L

26 May 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Inaudible edible

Nice food and drink but too noisy when busy. Hard to have a conversation

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