Highbury's star Italian, two floors of contemporary trattoria with a serious reputation for fresh pasta, charcoal grilling, and wicked fruit tarts.
While evenings are still busy-to-frantic in this two-floored contemporary trattoria, lunchtime finds Trullo calm and the cooking relaxed and assured. A bargain £12 set menu gleans two courses (primi plus either antipasti or dessert) from a daily-changing menu. On our visit, the tempting selection of starters included bright British asparagus with parmesan, and cured trout with wilted spinach and poached egg. Slivers of grilled ox heart were perfectly cooked, with the accompanying roast shallots, beetroot and horseradish almost, but not quite, overwhelming the unexpectedly delicate flavours. Pappardelle with beef shin ragu has been a staple since Trullo’s early days and remains a silky, substantial delight. Seasonal tagliarini with nettles and nutmeg featured an uncooked egg yolk wobbling daintily atop a vast pile of green pasta; when mixed in, it made a wonderfully creamy dish.
In opting for the set menu you miss out on the roasts and grills, but as a giant Black Hampshire pork chop and generous cod with cannellini beans and mussels whisked by our table, we weren’t sorry to have missed out on them – after all, where would we have put the succulent loquat and almond tart?
300-302 St Paul's Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served 12.30-2.45pm daily. Dinner served 6.30-10.15pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Highbury & Islington tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £13.50-£30. Set lunch £12 2 courses; (Sun) 4 courses £30|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:11
- 4 star:3
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- 1 star:2
My partner and I had a fantastic evening at Trullo, with a beautiful Italian inspired seasonal menu (given, a small one at that) the Pappardelle with beef shin ragu was an absolute delight! Despite it being a Monday evening it was surprisingly packed, so ensure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
A vlog of our experience can be found on our YouTube channel: Interestaurants
Why calling the restaurant Trullo if there are no connection with Puglia? Not even the Extra Virgin Olive Oil! The menu is from north of Italy!!!! I'm sure food is great but the name is misleading for people who have been to puglia and hope to find genuine pugliese food!
I went to Trullo for a casual lunch with my partner. I was really pleased with the raw cauliflower antipasti and the pasta, which was tasty and so authentic to me. I am italian by the way, and was very surprised by this place. Will go back.
I have been thoroughly impressed in my visits to Trullo. The food is adventuresome without being needlessly difficult, and quite simply tastes very good. I have had less luck with some of their fixed menus, but when I have eaten here a la carte it has always been exceptional.
I had looked forward to visiting Trullo (18th October) after reading the positive early reviews. But was disappointed. The special of Figs and Mozzarella was underwhelming, small portion of figs overpowered by a large lump of cold mozzarella and slice of bruschetta. The main course I chose was plaice, white beans and roasted pepper. Plaice was fine if simply cooked. The beans were in a lot of juice which renders the fish soggy.Roasted pepper really lacked any finesse. Composition as well as presentation in both courses lacked any sophistication. By this time I had lost heart and didn't try any of the deserts. Other problems - the wine in the carafe was not chilled enough and the waitress cleared glasses, plates, bread the second they were finished. In fact in the end took the wine away before it was finished! We were well within our time slot so the effect of this was to make us feel rushed. So sorry would not recommend Trullo to friends.
Yeah! Trullo rocks! ....just had the best Tapas dinner ever (at least in this neighbourhood) in their basement and now i keep on dreaming bout going back! A feast for our tastebuds and very nice Staff that helped keep on ordering and stuffing our faces! cheers!