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Iddu

Restaurants, Italian South Kensington
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This Sicilian restaurant in South Kensington brilliantly bridges the food cultures of Italy and SW7

It’s hard to imagine a starker contrast in eating cultures than those of Sicily and South Kensington. While Sicilians take unashamed delight in their cuisine, the worried wealthy of SW7 think that most food is as dangerous as a lungful of plutonium-239.

Iddu caters for that mindset. The sourdough is seven-grain. Many ingredients are organic. Raw fruit and veg abound. Kale: check. Quinoa: check. Gluten-free rolls: check.

But it also bridges the two food cultures brilliantly, with dishes that, though almost embarrassingly healthy, still place pleasure first. Case in point was a ‘raw Aeolian vegetable salad’ – at least a dozen finely sliced varieties, each one packed with flavour, and so fresh I expected to see dirt on them. They were dressed with just superb olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. Another fine salad (tuna and mixed veg) had a different dressing, showing the attention they pay to detail.

Even better was the caponata, Sicily’s great aubergine-and-celery-based dish. Iddu’s version is flawless, the veg perfectly cooked and all the complex flavours in balance. (When I told the waitress it was one of the best I had tasted, she cried: ‘But not as good as in Sicily!’)

On the whole, portions are not very large. But neither are the prices, given the quality and the location. Alcohol is fairly priced (house wines £5 a glass) and so are cocktails. The service makes you want to kiss it on both cheeks. And to cap it off, Iddu makes irresistible (and authentically Sicilian) baked goods including cannoli, citrus tarts and biscuits.

Iddu tries to import as much as possible from the homeland, which limits them (no fresh fish for instance), but does mean that ingredients are of five-star quality.

Iddu occupies a small, light-filled space in some of the most expensive real estate in London. The clientele reflects that, but you won’t feel out of place. As I was leaving, six scruffy young Italian guys plonked themselves down and ordered coffee. The waitress gave them a free plate of cookies.

Iddu says
This inviting new neighbourhood restaurant brings the warm, sociable spirit of Sicilian hospitality to South Kensington.

By: Richard Ehrlich

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Details

Address: 44 Harrington Road
London
SW7 3ND
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40.
Opening hours: Open Mon-Sun 7.30am-10pm.
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Users say (5)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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Rubbish! A Sicilian restaurant that doesn't have affogato anymore and has no vanilla ice cream!

tastemaker

It was a rather simplistic menu with the typical brunch items listed at the top with accompanying sides, if preferred. The middle section contained what I assumed were starter courses and the last group of dishes were mains. However each section wasn’t explicitly defined so it was difficult to know what the portion sizes of the dishes we were ordering would be like, especially given that the prices were not extravagantly different.


We decided to order a Bread Basket because the items we were going to order for our mains didn’t include any toast/bread or carbs for that matter. I thought this was presented nicely and executed well. There were 3 types of bread; pieces of savoury focaccia with anchovies and capers, a standard rye bread, and crisp bread drizzled with olive oil. I thought the presentation gave it quite a rustic look, which I enjoyed and all the breads were good!


As for my main dish, I opted for 2 poached eggs with a side of smoked salmon. The presentation of this was pretty pathetic to be honest. The eggs were simply placed onto the plate and the smoked salmon next to it, not even nicely folded or anything. There was clearly no effort put into the presentation, which is a little disappointing as one always eats with their eyes before anything.


The poached eggs were cooked well though, with a lovely runny yolk. The smoked salmon did not even come with a wedge of lemon, which I had to ask for. Drizzled with lemon juice and seasoned with some salt and pepper, this was a pretty average tasting brunch dish. In fact, I thought that the bread basket was the best thing we ordered and you know it’s an issue when the bread basket is the highlight of the meal.


My brother ordered the Buffalo mozzarella wrapped in eggplant with fresh basil and tomatoes. He was rather disappointed with this order because firstly, the eggplant wasn’t grilled enough – it looked rather dry and tasted so. Secondly, the fresh tomatoes were not ripe enough so they weren’t very juicy nor were they a deep and rich in colour. Lastly, the portion size was minuscule! We thought that this was definitely the size of a starter but because of the lack of definition and headings on the menu, it was hard to tell what was what.


I personally won’t be coming back again because my overall experience was not pleasant. I didn’t like the set up of the menu, my choice of main was pretty standard and I could get that level of quality at any other café (for a much cheaper price too!), and it was a shame about their service. The only thing I did like was the interior decor and atmosphere of the restaurant. It had a lovely design with books on shelves on one wall, fruits on shelves on another and a grand display of pastries and cakes by the counter at the front of the establishment.


Absolutely love this place ! They have the best desserts /cakes /ice creams ever ... I usually go 4 times per week and I never get tired as they also always make new things .
Absolutely recommended !!

Tastemaker

You know Tom's Kitchen, the staple of South Ken brunching? It has decent coffee, excellent decor, trendy yet friendly vibe, that perfect mix of healthy treats and comfort food. If only they didn't squeeze you ruthlessly next to each other so that you sneeze every time your next table neighbour grinds some black pepper on his eggs royale. Enter Iddu. It has a similar South Ken sleekness about it, and yes, their two-seater table are also pretty close to each other, but at least you could stand up and walk around to stretch your legs. Heck, you could actually perform a small round of waltz in the dining room if you were so inclined. You could actually linger about and they would just let you be. But this is most definitely a daytime cafe. Both times I was here during the day I really could find no fault with the place. But do not, I repeat do not come for dinner. The service gets rushed, the quality of the food deteriorates. During the day you could brood over coffee and limitless tap water. In the eve not ordering alcohol to go with your food will get you some angry looks. This must be a Cinderella of cafes. But until the clock strikes it's a beautiful one!

Tastemaker

Nice spot to have a glass of Rose or prosecco around South Kensington. The light lunch deals are tasty.

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