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The clue’s in the name: Sardo excels at Sardinian specialities. To come here for eat-anywhere dishes, such as grilled tuna steak, misses the point. But it’s largely thanks to the popularity of Romolo Mudu’s relaxed, welcoming ristorante that characteristic Sardinian ingredients such as fregola and malloreddus are finding their way on to other restaurants’ menus. A generous bread basket and olives are swiftly brought to the table to enjoy while you read the day’s offer – do check the blackboard specials. We were wowed by the chilled zuppa del giorno of beetroot and ricotta flecked with fresh crabmeat. Herb-marinated lamb battuta was tender and dense from the malleting, and meticulously lined from the grill. A special of seafood fregola featured exquisitely fresh prawns and an intense, earthy stock made with mussels. Veal chop with rosemary arrived with a pot of honey on the side to sauce the meat – a surprising and highly successful combination. Service was warm and on the ball throughout. The wine list offers a passionate annotated tour of Sardinia’s best grapes and producers, plus wines from other parts of Italy. Expect powerful port-like flavours from reds such as cannonau, monica di sardegna and nieddera.



Venue name: Sardo
Address: 45 Grafton Way
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Warren Street tube
Price: Main courses £11.90-£19.90
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I always find the food, service and ambience in this Fitrovia stalwart excellent. I have taken clients here on many occasions across the last 10 years for lunch ( I have no experience of evening meals here) and never been disappointed. As well as fantastic quality they always serve ample typical Sicilian fashion you won't leave feeling under-nourished!. In terms of decor and atmosphere this restaurant has a nice balance between formal and informal and ultimately feels authentic and genuine.

Had a really beautiful meal here with my boyfriend - the starters were tasty and my main course of chili crab linguini was absolutely delicious. I was a little less convinced by the pannacotta pudding (though to be fair, pannacotta can be bland at the best of times) and the wine was a bit pricy, but overall we really enjoyed our meal, and our waiter and the general atmosphere was lovely. Will definitely return.

Food is overpriced, water came after food was served, wine never arrived desipte repeatedly asking for it, dessert was mediocre.

I like Sardo and have had many great meals there, but readers should be aware that prices have just been jacked up again. Expect to pay £120 for 2 people dining including wine. It's a shame as I used to think of Sardo as reasonable value. Now it's getting into a price range where I would expect it to be more special than it is.