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Well hello, new favourite Italian restaurant in London!…
I know, I know. Big statement, right! But if you know me, you will know my favourite food is Italian, and I should have a bit of an understanding by now of what is delicious, or not so. This was high up there with some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Tucked down inside Novikov, is the Italian portion of this large, Mayfair restaurant. Whilst you can dine on Pan Asian cuisine on the ground floor, the lower ground is decorated like an Italian eatery in the centre of Sorrento. Light flooding in from the windows in the roof, basil plants scattered across the tables and lemon trees placed like pillars, between the rich, brown wooden tables.
In the Frow household, Wednesday is date night, so every Wednesday we head out into the city to try new restaurants and cafes. You may have noticed a lot more food posts on the blog recently, and this is the reason why. I’m a big foodie, and I actually prefer to spend my money on food, than clothes, if you’d believe that! So, I think I might make Wednesdays blog posts, my date night, food and lifestyle posts. Mixing outfits, with what we ate and where we dined and recommending, or deterring you from various restaurants and events in the city. What do you think? You may have read my last post, mentioning that I now post on the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th days of the week, four posts in a week. Seven days a week got a little too much, not only for me, but I think for readers with sensitive time, so I’ve cut back. From now on, Wednesday’s post is going to be dedicated to yummy food and date night outfits, and just more of a glimpse into my lifestyle! I’d love to know your thoughts on this!
Before we get into the food, what did I wear? A fully monochrome ensemble none the less, including new pieces from Senso and River Island.
Well, the fact that they served Burrata was a huge plus for me. I am a self-confessed cheese fiend, especially when it comes to Mozzarella or similar, so when I stumbled upon the likes of Burrata, around the time that I moved to London, my mind was blown. A creamy ball of mozzarella, that oozes when you cut inside, served with basil and tomatoes and licked with olive oil. There is nothing more delicious in my opinion.
Alex chose the Carpaccio on my recommendation, and was not left disappointed. Finely cut strips of beef with thinly sliced cheese and a hint of lemon and pepper. On the side we tucked into a Margherita pizza and a side salad, as well as roasted vegetables and fresh fruit juices. A feast was laid before us.
Moving onto mains, Alex opted for the Seabass, which I believe is meant to be split between two people. But, Alex is a growing man I suppose, so the whole fish was at his disposal. He initially got to choose which fish he preferred, after a fantastic explanation of flavours, textures and consistency from the enthusiastic Italian waitress. So when it arrived, cooked within a thick bed of salt and was broken into and shredded by the chef, we knew it was going to be something very special.
After much deliberation, over such a thorough and authentic menu, I chose the Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli, or Ravioli di Ricotta. This is my go-to dish and one that I know I absolutely adore in terms of the mixture of flavours. And again, it was outstanding.
And of course, an Italian meal would not be complete without a dessert. I chose the Amaretto Souffle with coffee icecream, which of course, arrived proud and risen and totally delicious. Alex went for the steamed coconut custard, topped with exotic fruit and coconut foam, and must have devoured it before I even got a look in. He assured me, that it was one of the tastiest desserts he had ever eaten, and it certainly looked fantastic.
The final verdict is, you must visit this restaurant. Before you wonder, the answer is no, I was not paid to write this review. Just another date night, at another highly recommended restaurant – in fact it was a lovely chauffeur named Christian who told me I had to visit. And now I’m spreading the message to all of you. I have already decided to go here again for my Birthday meal with Alex, and friends if they’re willing to save a little bit of cash for it. This is not the most affordable restaurant, I want to be clear on that. Yet, that would never put me off this incredible restaurant. It is expensive for a reason and that is more than fine for me, if I can expect such wonderful food, attentive service and a superb environment to dine in.
If you have any places in London, or elsewhere, that you would like to see reviewed, please do comment below and let me know! We are always looking for new date night hot spots!
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