Massimo

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Trafalgar Square

Designed by the late David Collins and typical of his style at its most majestic, Massimo’s decor mixes marble, leather and bronze as if to suggest HG Wells’s time machine landed amid Roman baths. The room is admittedly huge, but does that necessitate or simply magnify the opulence? Most of the customers on our lunchtime visit were moneyed tourists, possibly from the adjacent Corinthia Hotel. It’s worth looking for bargain menu deals online, but the ongoing £18 Pasta e Prosecco offer is hardly a steal, even with coffee and biscotti included. We tolerated the question whether we understood the raw scallops we ordered were actually raw ‘like sashimi’. Fortunately, they were delicious, sliced thinly and prettily dressed with chive and courgette flowers. The menu offers the likes of Herdwick lamb and Goosnargh chicken, but freshest seafood (there’s also an oyster bar) and, to certain extent, pasta are the key draws. Tagliolini with crab and chilli was exemplary, so too the breads that staff offered throughout the meal. The dessert list is classic yet persuasive; a dark chocolate faux cappuccino was delightful. Wine prices are on par with the location and decor – glasses start at £8.50 for just 125ml.

 

Venue name: Massimo
Contact:
Address: Corinthia Hotel London
10 Northumberland Avenue
London
WC2N 5AE
Opening hours: Oyster Bar Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat. Main courses £6-£20. Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-10.45pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Embankment tube
Price: Main courses £16-£29. Set lunch £18 1 course incl glass of prosecco. Set meal (6-7.30pm, 9.30-10.30pm) £30 3 courses incl glass of prosecco. Meal for two with wine and service: around £130

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Caroline

Loved dinner at Massimo's. Stunning venue, delicious food and perfect service. We'll definitely be going back but we guess we won't have the pleasure of Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie dining in the restaurant with us next time!

Frank Beemster

Went there yesterday night and it was a perfect dining experience. Beautiful atmosphere, attentive (but not over-attentive) staff and food could not be faulted. In general though, starters and Primi more interesting than mains. Can highly recommend the Linguine.