"A truly mouthwatering place"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
Princi is packed every single night of the week. Each time I venture here for dinner or a post-dinner dessert I have to wait for a table, and competition is fierce. On one occasion a friend and I left our coats on our seats to go and order only to realise a determined young couple were about to sit in our places. Having to get up to choose food from the display counter doesn’t help matters.
If that sounds like a slight headache, the food more than makes up for it. Deliciously salty olive breads, pizzas, mackerel salads with sultanas and pine nuts (it’s around £7 for two salad helpings), salmon with egg and capers, goats cheese and roasted peppers…imagine the sort of food an Italian bakery cum deli would sell. Alcohol is also served in the form of Italian wines and Prosecco. Drinks are ordered and paid for with the food but are collected with the receipt from a separate counter.
Then there are the cakes which are surely Princi’s greatest success. All are utterly delicious, a bit too easy to devour, and served in portions which are big enough for two to share. Priced at £4 a portion they are worth every penny, and I am slowly working my way through each and every one of them. So far the passion fruit cheese cake is a favourite with the tangy fruit complementing the rich cake perfectly, however if you’re into sweet things you’ll need to try the chestnut mousse, tiramisu, amaretto and double chocolate cake, and strawberry tart.
Princi is another of Alan Yau’s ventures, he of Yauatcha and Wagamama fame amongst many others. He has now turned his hand to Italian food, and credit must be given where it’s due. The communal tables, marble counters and water feature along the wall are characteristic of his restaurants; the incense burning in the toilets adds a touch of sophistication.
Attracting a mix of Italian tourists, Soho habituals and food lovers, the tasty food, impossibly cute waiters and ideal location for post work meet ups make it no surprise it’s full to the brim each night. A truly mouthwatering place.
Leila reviewed Princi on Tue 16 Mar 2010