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Posted: Fri Aug 3 2012
Set on London’s Kensington Church Street, Casa Batavia is a fine modern Italian restaurant under the skilled control of rising star chef Nicola Batavia. Making his name in Turin’s Michelin starred Ristorante Birichin, Nicola went on to open seaside pop-up La Kava on the Ligurian coast before heading to these shores to join forces with restaurateur Paolo Boschi, a professional with more than forty years experience and a skill for creating the ideal dining atmosphere. An intimate, contemporary dining room with only a handful of exclusive tables, Casa Batavia is tastefully appointed in simple colours and monochrome artwork, the service charming, polite and efficient. The star of the show though is of course Batavia’s innovative Italian-Mediterranean cooking. Many of the ingredients sampled here are imported direct from Italy to ensure absolute authenticity in flavour. Also imported entirely from Turin is the Casa Batavia wine list, all selected from small-scale producers.