It’s a bold interior designer who decorates a Sardinian seafood restaurant in stark white with nary a drop of Mediterranean blue, but then Olivomare is a bold venture, serving modern fish dishes that are adventurous in their presentation but old-school in quality of produce and flavours – a winning combination.
Sadly, the space itself, and the service, are less successful: it’s hot and noisy, tables are far too close to one other, and initial unfriendly service created a sour note that could only be sweetened with good food. Luckily, it was. A grilled squid starter seemed pricey at £12, but was deliciously sweet, perfectly charred, and big enough for two to share. Spaghetti with half a lobster was equally well executed, the pasta perfectly al dente and continuing to soak up the rich tomato, garlic and lobster juices on the plate.
Handmade lorighittas pasta with vongole and grey mullet roe missed the mark, though – the roe added an unwelcome breadcrumb texture to the pasta, and an overpowering flavour that killed the delicacy of the shellfish (a meagre portion). At the kinds of prices Olivomare charges to its clearly well-heeled clientele, a handful more clams would have gone a long way in tempting us to return.
10 Lower Belgrave Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 7-11pm Mon-Sat; 7-10.30pm Sun|
|Price:||Main courses £15-£22|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
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Found this restaurant to be clean, food was lovely but the staff were not so friendly and felt awkward.
This restaurant is the chicest fish restaurant in London. The decor is fun, the crowd very understated and the food is excellent. This has an authentic modern feel of Italy and a great atmosphere........ It is hard to pick a better place to spend a night out
Very much disagree with the review. I have been here a number of times and it is, in my opinion, the best Italian in London. The food is fresh, authentic and unpretentious, just what Italian food is all about.
Fantastic! Ultra fresh seafood, great sardianian wines, not a rip off given location. Jammed full of italians, which must say something
Ignore the review below. This place is brilliant (and my guests agreed). The Spaghetti Bottarga is especially good.
Sat outside on a beautiful London evening, sipping a lovely prosecco... the staff were friendly, perfect I thought! That's where the two stars came in. The food however was terrible. The fish tartar - just tasted of onions, and my pasta just tasted of full on garlic; My companions dish tasted of nothing!! (maybe that is because my taste buds had been killed by the onion and garlic?? - but then again he was also very disappointed).