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Locanda Locatelli

8 Seymour Street, LONDON, W1H 7JZ

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Before Giorgio Locatelli carved out a TV career for himself, his name was already beloved of London foodies for serving up Italian food that your Mamma couldn't make in her wildest dreams (probably). He's very good on the telly, and he's shifted a few books over the years, too. But you can still eat his food. Admittedly it isn't at the budget end of Italian dining in the capital, but it is just about as good as it gets. It's a delicious room, attached to a hotel but you wouldn't know it, with parquet floors, textured wooden walls, beige leather bucket chairs, and booths divided by etched glass screens - classy and just a little glamorous. The service team are smart, informed and light on their feet. The cooking has traditional Italian values at its core - freshness and simplicity - and there's an earthy heartiness to it, alongside a bit of contemporary panache. Tortellini in brodo (a clear broth) kicks things off with clarity and simplicity, the pasta packed with chicken and pork filling, the broth balanced somewhere between intensity and subtlety. Another starter sees pan-fried scallops paired with celeriac purée and saffron vinaigrette, or there's a classic ox tongue with salsa verde. Main-course roast monkfish with walnut and caper sauce and samphire is straight and true, the fish as fresh as can be, the cooking timed just right. Or go for the slow-cooked Scottish beef with black cabbage and parsnips. Desserts can deliver a tiramisù, or a ricotta mousse with a pistachio sponge, chocolate chips and pistachio ice cream. To cap it all off, the wine list is a virtuoso performance, with plenty of choice by the glass.

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Tel: 020 7935 9088
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Dates closed: Xmas, BHs

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Italian
Chef: Giorgio Locatelli
Number of seats: 70
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.

 

Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £18.00
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