I went for their summer dining event which is 2 can dine for $39.99. It includes full menu salad each, full menu pasta each, and a desert to share (not like some of the promotions other restaurants have where they make a set menu).
The bread that was brought out was warm and had a bit of garlic on it, nothing too greasy. The server prepared our small plates with oil and balsamic vinegar.
I had the mushroom salad. I definitely was not expecting a massive portabello with half a grilled pepper inside it. I asked for feta instead of goat cheese and they were able to substitute with no problems. It was such a great salad and almost like a meal on its own! My date had the duck leg salad which literally came with a leg of duck on top of it.
I had the ravioli with meat sauce. I should have gotten the tomato sauce as I felt the meat overtook the mushrooms and cheese inside the pasta but it was very good and fresh. Great portions too. I've been to other Italian restaurants in London where I've left hungry. My date had the seafood pasta which smelled amazing. He enjoyed it.
With the amount of food we received and the price of the bill, I almost felt bad! Either way, their marketing works because I know I will be back (again) and I will have no issues paying full price.
Yes, the service is slower, but that is to be expected as it is a quiet and romantic dining room. The cook even came out to serve a table but I found it to be a positive, not a negative. You can tell they take pride in their business. I liked taking a few hours out of my Friday night to unwind over some great food and wine with someone I enjoy.
The only thing I would say that is even SLIGHTLY negative is, you should probably leave the children at home. A family came by with 3 tween-aged boys. The server was not rude by any means but he told them that the restaurant was full for the night. This was understandable to me as most patrons were either 1) on a date or 2) older adults enjoying quiet conversation over glasses of wine. It is possible that someone didn't show up for the reservation but there was a few tables open the entire time we were there.To be honest I was worried that if they did seat the family that it would throw off the atmosphere in the restaurant (it only has about 8 tables).
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