A restaurant and bar in Bermondsey, offering traditional Italian comfort food alongside the gin-focused cocktails downstairs in 214 Bermondsey - a separate bar area.
The food here is of a rustic bent, with dishes ranging from freshly made pastas and risottos to calves' liver served with pancetta, sage, Swiss chard and aged-apple balsamic, and roasted rump of lamb served with braised lentils, roasted celeriac and mint oil. Daily specials are on offer, too.
Fourteen wines are available by the glass, and are served alongside cocktails such as an Aperol spritz, a passion fruit bellini and a Ted Damson, comprising damson gin, orgeat syrup and prosecco.
|Venue name:||Antico Restaurant||Contact:|
214 Bermondsey Street
|Opening hours:||Tues-Sat 12-3pm & 5.45-10.30pm ; Sunday 12-3.30pm & 5.45-9.30pm|
|Price:||£25 and under|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
I have walked by Antico so many times and tried to go in without any luck until this evening. It is ALWAYS Full. It sets my expectation so high because the users reviews were 4 and 5 stars. I don't think it is deserved.
The staff were not passionate, knowledgable or friendly. In fact they didn't even mention what were the daily specials or paid attention to our questions about a good red wine, in the line of Pinot Noir so we can both match it with the Halibut for me and Lamb for him. They recommended the house red - Boheme, Primitivo Salento - which was jsut okay but not as great as they could have gone for.
There is nothing special on the menu either. In fact the menu was lazy and unimaginative. They used the same Sicilian Caponata in both our starter - Burata, Sicilian Caponata, Trevisio Raddichio and Basil (£7)and my companion's main course of pan roasted lamb rump (£18) which he ordered medium. Needless to say, he didn't finish the Caponata on the main course. there is no creativity in the cooking, nothing *properly Italian* about it and it was just dull and not delicious.
My halibut was well cooked but under seasoned. It came with wild sprouting broccoli, black olives and capers for £17 which is nothing to shout about. We had a side dish of roast potatoes (£3.50) to go with it.
The service at this point was getting ridiculous. Initially when he was ordering the lamb for medium, the waiter warned him it will take at least 35 minutes (25 minutes in the menu) in the tone that made you think he might get food poisoning if he insist on ordering the dish. I guess that made him want the lamb more to see what the fuss was about. When the staff were clearing the table at every course, they just said was the food good? and quickly clearing everything up without even asking why the colourless Caponata was not touched. There was no real concern for the customers' enjoyment of the food.
The dessert were the only reason I gave it a 3 star. I would have given them two. The dark Chocolate cake and Coconut Sorbetto were excellent at £6. So was the Bitter chocolate Mousse, Peanut Butter gelato, shortbread and creme anglaise at £7. They are not spectacular but they were the only good thing about our dinner and the San Pellegrino - you know it is a bad restaurant when the only great thign about it was the bottled water.
I won't be returnign anytime soon. there are at least two better Italian restaurants in Bermondsey and Shad Thames with excellent menu and food and passionate, friendly, knowledgeable staff who wont' send you home without a shot of limoncello.
check the photos of the food at www.instagram.com/mangolisa
The cooking here is excellent with regularly changing options but is always excellent. Very relaxing ambience and the staff friendly and attentive.
Towards the end of Bermondsey St at no. 214 is @anticolondon and @214bermondsey. If u haven't been, @anticolondon does proper Italian food, lovingly made and very tasty. Starters were fresh and just the right size, light. Mains were also well proportioned and full of flavour. Gelato is the smoothest I've ever had and packs a punch in taste too. In the basement is its little sister @214bermondsey which is an underground gin bar that really provides new meaning to drinking and really tasting gin. Highly recommended! For the veggies out there, couple of starter options, 1 pasta on the menu also veggie friendly, and another as a daily special.