Angela Hartnett's second restaurant, serving food from northern Italy.
33 St. James's Street, St James's, London, SW1A 1HD
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All In London Review
Original Italian food at an elegant but buzzy restaurant
It’s quite a narrow restaurant, though elegant in its classic modern décor, and the tables are relatively close to each other but this doesn’t detract from the experience.
There’s a large bar along one wall and a panelled off area towards the back. The clientele is varied – groups of business people, tourists, couples and friends. It was a Wednesday evening and the place was buzzing.
My spring salad (£8.50) starter was underwhelming but then it’s hard to make leaves exciting. My companion’s tagliatelle (£11) small starter portion appeared to go down well.
For the main course we decided to share the sea bream for two (£32). This was a triumph. Perfectly cooked light fish with an original orange and pistachio dressing that didn’t overpower the delicate fish. I had potatoes fritti (£4.50) and my companion Jersey Royals (£4.50). These sides good size portions and well-seasoned.
The blanc de morge wine (£11.50) was the waiter’s suggestion and excellent. My companion also enjoyed her Carbaiona (£15).
We were replete but decided to try the desserts. My companion’s huge portion of amaretti cake (£6.50) was a wonder to behold. But my pineapple carpaccio with a mint sorbet (£7) was probably the most delicious dessert I’ve ever tasted. It was sweet and tart, cool and fresh and very juicy. I will dream about that pineapple.
Three courses each and three glasses of excellent wine between us and the bill (including service) came to £126. For the location and the quality of food and service I thought this extremely reasonable.
If you can’t quite afford the prices at Angela Hartnett’s restaurant in Covent Garden this is a perfect choice for original and well cooked food in a smart restaurant in the West End.
Reviewed by KimT
Published on Jul 20, 2018
Reviewed by Susan from Abbey Road
I can't believe this is called a cafe - that just doesn't do it justice. This feels like the michelin-starred restaurant in terms of the level of food and service, but perhaps with a little less pomp. Beautiful interiors, beautiful food and wonderfully warm staff - I'd go here all the time if my wallet and geography allowed!!
Jun 19, 2014