This Lavender Hill restaurant takes its name from what the ancient Greeks and Romans called Sardinia. And it's Sardinia where the focus of this place lies, showcasing the food, drink and culture of the Italian isle, alongside a few crowd-pleasers from the mainland.
The food menu is all about authenticity. Expect, then, dishes ranging from Sardinian cured meats and cheeses and malloredus pasta with tomato, sausage, saffron and pecorino to Sardinian seafood stew and maialetto sardo - a traditional Sardinian dish of suckling pig here served with pan-fried potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
The wine list has plenty of bottles from Sardinia, but borrows from the boot, too.
We offer the authentic taste of Sardinia, preparing our homemade pastas and main courses in the same traditional way our grandmothers did.
|Venue name:||Ristorante Ichnusa||Contact:|
33 Lavender Hill
|Price:||£26 to £40|
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Average User Rating
5 / 5
- 5 star:21
- 4 star:1
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Great Service and a real taste of Sardinia in the UK.
Food tastes excellent and is served in big portions and Roberto, the owner, is very personable and accommodating.
La sera di San Valentino andai al Ristorante Ichnusa, e nonostante il locale era stretto e molto affollato, la serata e' rimasta piacevole e il cibo di Ottima qualita`, paragonabile solo a quello che ho provato in Sardagna. Il vino consigliato dal cameriere era l`abbinamento giusto per un ottimo set menu con porzioni generose, e piatti elaborati alquanto sofisticati. Esperienza positiva`, da rifare!
I have been there couples of times and the place is just brilliant. Excellent food and good quality.... home made bread and pasta are so genuine. The staff is so friendly and helpful, the atmosphere is lovely. I will go back soon and I will recommend this nice restaurant to all my friends.
ME AND MY FRIENDS FOUND THIS RESTAURANT ONLINE AND DECIDED TO GIVE IT A GO AND I MUST SAY IT WAS AMAZING THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD AND WINE REALLY SURPRISED US BECAUSE WE LOVE ITALIAN FOOD. WE HAD A GREAT FISH BASED DINNER, WHICH WE STARTED OFF WITH SOME MOSCARDINI ALLA DIAVOLA WHICH ARE SPICY BABY OCTOPUS WHICH WAS GREAT AND FRESH. THEN AS A SECOND COURSE WE HAD A AMAZING SEA FOOD FREGOLA WHICH IS ONE OF THE MANY HAND MADE PASTAS WHICH THE CHEF MAKES AND THE TASTE, THE SMELL AND QUALITY WAS FANTASTIC SPECIALLY BECAUSE OF THE BOTARGA WHICH IS DRY CAVIAR WHICH GAVE IT A PARTICULAR TASTE LIKE NO OTHER. AS A MAIN COURSE WE HAD A FISH MIX GRILL... AND AT THAT POINT WE WAS ALREADY FULL BUT WHEN THEY BROUGHT US THE MIX GRILL THE FOOD SMELLED SO NICE AND LOOKED SO GOOD WE JUST HAD TO FINISH IT!! SO OVER ALL I ADVICE EVERYONE TO GO CHECK IT OUT BECAUSE YOU WILL TRULY BE AMAZING BY THIS HUMBLE ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN CLAPHAM!!
I have been to Ichnusa restaurant twice already and I can't reccomend it enough. As a Sardinian living in London it's not easy to find a restaurant where you can eat and drink food and wine from "home". The manager Alberto is always very nice and ready to reccomend the best dish. I will be returning very soon!!!
I'm in two minds about recommending this restaurant, because as much as I would like it to do well, selfishly I want to keep it all to myself!! I have been more than once (I can't count the times on one hand anymore) and every visit is better than the last. Chef Roberto is a master at fresh pasta dishes; the typical Sardinian dishes are wonderful, full of flavour and the portions are generous. With a delicious menu and specials boards that present a variety of fresh fish and meat dishes, there is always something new to try. I cannot help but also mention the desserts because they are exquisite - not pretentious, but hearty and delicious! Try the banoffee pie, the coffee cheesecake and the Mirto tiramisu - you will not be disappointed. Along with beautiful Italian / Sardinian food, Ristorante Ichnusa offers a warm and attentive service headed by manager Alberto, who will recommend the best food and which wine will work well with the dishes you've chosen. As an Italian girl born in London, this is a little taste of the homeland for me and if you want an authentic taste of Italia, you'll book a table at Ichnusa.
When I found out that the ex chef of Tenore restaurant opened a new restaurant in Clapham Junction I grabbed some friends and booked a table. The place is really simple but got character, and the music is very cool too. We started with some antipasti to share and some king prawns and calamari. Everybody went with their own mains but I recommend the mouthwatering tagliatelle with truffle. For dessert I had an amazing banoffee pie, is not Sardinian but is not easy to find a good one in London. It was unforgettable and I think I have found my new favourite Italian restaurant, which serves the food from my own land and a friendly staff is looking after you. Defenetly recommend it and I will be back there soon
Fantastic Saturday night at this little place, I have been told they opened it few months ago and some friends had a great time, so I went to see it myself. Excellent service through the all evening, considering it was packed! The home made pastas are doubtfully the best I have tried in London, and when was the last time you had rabbit in a restaurant?? This could easy become my favourite place in the area! thanks
I have been in many restaurants in London specially around Clapham area whether for work or pleasure and I must say nothing compares to the taste of Ichnusa's food Fantastic service,good wine,great food and away from the busy main street. With no hesitation five star from me!!!!
Excellent food,prepared with great skills and passion.who goes there for dinner will always remember the friendly environment and will come back again and recommend the experience to others, for sure!
I have been in this restaurant many times now, since they opened few months ago’. The staffs welcomes you like a family member, the food is very good, traditional, original and in big portion. I tried many dishes and the taste is amazing. I have been to Sardinia and you cannot get any closer to their recipes in London than Ichnusa. You have to go there, you will not be disappointed. Grazie Roberto, Alberto e Paulo.... I will be back soon. Luca B.
We came across this restaurant by chance and we enjoyed ourselves so much that we have returned several times since. The staff are very welcoming and friendly, and the food was absolutely brilliant on each occasion. Ichnusa's seafood is delicious - succulent and fresh. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant - it is fantastic!
Solo compliment! ambiente genuino, cibi di alta qualità e sopratutto di stagione. Pochi come il Ritorante ICHNUSA. Il prezzo più che onesto.Tornati la sera abbiamo potuto apprezzare la gustosa cucina, semplice ma allo stesso tempo ricercata nel vero senso del termine, ossia frutto di ricerca tesa al recupero degli antichi saperi e sapori. Siamo tornati anche il giorno dopo.... Ci siamo sentiti a casa, non saprei quale altro complimento possa valere di più. Non è un posto per chi ama l'apparenza semplice ma accogliente propone piatti semplici ma con ingredienti di prima qualità. Consiglio di concentrarsi sui sapori, sempre autentici e puliti, ogni cosa che ho mangiato qui era "buona", Il coniglio è buono, L'antipasto sardo e buono, L'insalata di mare è buono, ogni ingrediente viene ricercato per far rendere ogni piatto al meglio nella sua semplicità, senza strane invenzioni che possano mettere in dubbio la qualità di ogni elemento.Lo consiglio a tutti gli amanti della buona cucina tipica sarda cosa che a Londra non si trova .grazie .il nome ichnusa e geniale per un vero ristorante sardo
beautiful atmosphere seemed to be in authentic Sardinian restaurant What can I say I highly recommend everyone to visit this beautiful restaurant. Thanks to all the staff of Ichnusa
“Delicious food and unique atmosphere!!” Every my visit in this unique restaurant is a small journey to Sardinia. I had pasta with seefood and great red sardinian wine. The typical sardinian bread - pane carasau - was just delicious, as it should be! No better place to choose for a romantic and unique dinner. Just go and see. Simona
Excellent sardinian cuisine made from fresh food, light, simple, delicious, accompanied by huge variety of top quality wines and very personal, family approach of the service. I'm used to go eating to Ichnusa almost every week, and I must say, that I love this place. “Ristorante Ichnusa is one of my favourite restaurants in London”
I lived in Italy for four years and must say I am a true lover of their cuisine and culture. So when a friend recommended Ichnusa to me I was very interested, despite the fact I have never visited Sardinia or sampled the local food. The decor is very simple and the room has a comfortable feel to it. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable, and the chef even came out to speak to us about the food and introduce himself. There was a great range of authentic wines and even the name of the restaurant is taken from the native beer of Sardinia which is served here. Me and my partner shared an excellent 'tagliere' (platter) of traditional meats such as Sardinian sausage, homemade fresh pecorino cheese and traditional crispy flat bread. The portion was very generous and we were more than satisfied with the value. My main course was a huge piece of rabbit cooked in an excellent salty sauce with rosemary. It came with beautifully sauted potatoes and I washed it all down with a couple of glasses of lovely red wine. Dessert was a fried dough delicacy filled with cheese and drizzled with lashings of honey and sugar. It really is hard to find anything quite like that in London and it was the perfect end to an outstanding meal. I highly recommend Ichnusa to anyone who loves simple, bold Italian flavours and wants to enjoy it in surroundings where the main language being spoken by guests is Italian or Sardinian. A truly authentic restaurant serving brilliant food at an honest price, which is refreshing considering the over priced, average and over complicated fare one usually has to tolerate in this city.
One of the best dinners I have had in ages. The quality of the food was outstanding, and so was the service. I had never had Sardenian food before and I found it tasty, genuine and full of flavour. Wine was great and traditional liquor Mirto unbelievable. Give it a go!
I lived in Sardinia for 35 years, and was keen to try Ristorante Ichnusa and taste some Sardinian delicacies after 3 years back in the UK. It was quite superb - delicious, genuine, Sardinian dishes. Great food, a very friendly atmosphere, an excellent place for lunch or dinner.