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Superficially little has changed at this renowned restaurant set in a comparatively quiet corner of Knightsbridge. The dining room, with its bare brick walls, rustic stone flooring and striped banquettes, is a relaxing place and the scent of fresh flowers lifts the spirits. However, longtime head chef Andy Needham has left and the menu has had a minor facelift. Our meal started well with home-made foccacia, salami and parmesan served on a wooden block, followed by a creamy burrata with fresh artichokes and piennolo tomatoes. But the kitchen blew it with a dish of spaghetti and cured pork cheek, so swamped by tomato sauce that it would not look out of place in a school canteen. It was left to a fleshy Cornish cod acqua-pazza (poached in a light broth) served with peas and carrots to save the day. Service is attentive but lacks personality. Prices, especially if you delve into the admirable wine list, are high – as they have always been. However, based on our recent visits, Zafferano has some way to go to rediscover its glory days.


Venue name: Zafferano
Address: 15 Lowndes Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-5pm daily. Dinner served 5-10.45pm Mon-Sat; 5-10.15pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Knightsbridge tube
Price: Main courses £18-£30. Set meal (lunch Mon-Fri) £21 2 courses, £26 3 courses

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Starter was basic, but nice. Waiter seemed more content to make sure my water was topped up so I'd buy another bottle, but I had to ask to get him to pour the £50+ bottle of wine I bought. Main and dessert was nice, but the service and food is lacking for how expensive this place is.