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Time Out says
Wed Oct 17 2012
The menu here contained none of the dishes we ate last year, a tribute to the restless, energetic spirit of chef Giorgio Locatelli. He oversees imaginative Italian cooking that has few peers in London, and despite his increasing prominence as a media star he remains committed to keeping his flagship restaurant fresh. You can order anything here and know that it’s going to be outstanding.
The approach is essentially simple: take the best ingredients and combine them with good taste and very great respect. Witness perfectly executed starters, a green bean salad with roasted red onion, parmesan and almonds, and a sublimely creamy purée of salt cod with a polenta crisp and a beautiful small salad. Pasta dishes were top-notch, especially busiate (own-made spirals) alla Trapanese, which used the Sicilian pesto variation: tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies, mint and almonds.
If the place has a fault, it’s the prices, with not so much as a set lunch to soften the impact: mains such as roast monkfish with walnut and caper sauce, or roast organic chicken with grilled vegetables hover either side of £30. But the wine list can soften the hammer-blow to your credit card: as always, there are low-priced glasses available and a handful of bottles below or around £30. Some people don’t care for the international-hotel decor but they should just look at each other, and at some of the best Italian food in London.
Locanda Locatelli 8 Seymour Street
020 7935 9088
- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; noon-3.30pm Sun. Dinner served 6.45-11pm Mon-Thur; 6.45-11.30pm Fri, Sat; 6.45-10.15pm Sun
Tube: Marble Arch tube
Main courses £12.50-£31.50
- 8 Seymour Street
- 020 7935 9088
- 8 Seymour Street
- Locanda Locatelli
Food and drink
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant and bar facilities. Reservations required. Dinner. Accessible facilities. General facilities. Private rooms. Available for hire
Wow factor. Business. Drinks. Wine buffs. Hip factor. Late night. Eating out. Celebrated chefs. Fine dining. Romantic
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