Chef Marco Torri has a very impressive cv, as has Giovanni Baldino, manager and co owner.
We liked the high decibel room with its golden wave walls, interspersed with zebrano relief and low lighting.
We plumped for the high value lunch which was £25 for three courses including coffee and a glass of wine. Some of you may be relieved to know I lost my notes so this review will be short.
I remember that I had some superb bucatini with ham, can't remember what the wife had, nor can she. We both had a very generous serving of Tagliata, an Italian classic dish of good quality sirloin steak which was accompanied by some fluffy mash and a pond of tasty sauce.
We chose an extra course off the carte,Roast wild Duck, scottish mixed mushrooms, new potato, globe artichokes, red wine sauce. This was tasty, but unremarkable in as much that it was a simple dish. Desserts were well, not memorable.
What was memorable, was the shoddy service and the worst bread that we have eaten in any restaurant this year, it was a shocker.
By her own admission my wife has weak wrists, but still could not manage to tear this hockey puck in two.
Our young lady servers managed to miss the water glasses on three separate occasions with one spillage requiring one of them to put a napkin over to dry it out. Now I know that we males are prone to missing our target sometimes but not three out of three.
The smartly dressed ladies next to us were happy bunnies except that when the one closest to me became animated the whiff of stale talc (or was it cheap perfume)added an unwelcome aroma to my meal.
We had parked the car in a multi storey off Oxford St about eight minutes away from the restaurant and the ticket was in the four hour zone, which gives you some idea of how painfully slow this lunch had been
Perhaps things were destined on this day not to be perfect, we have certainly had more than our share of great experiences recently, so its perhaps good to be philosophical, having said that I am not inclined to make another visit anytime soon.
Edited by david goodfellow, 03 December 2009 - 04:47 PM.