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“Excellent food and atmosphere”
Review of Bocca di Lupo

Bocca di Lupo
Ranked #666 of 22,857 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Soho
Description: Tucked away on Archer Street in the heart of London's Theatreland, Bocca di Lupo is a vibrant Italian trattoria restaurant catering to Soho socialites and luvvies alike. Ex-Moro chef Jacob Kenedy and his partner, general manager Victor Hugo, have created this chic restaurant renowned for its regional Italian dishes. As soon as Bocca di Lupo opened, it began earning enormous critical acclaim and ever since, this buzzy and highly accessible restaurant has continued to receive numerous awards and accolades for its simple, well-executed Italian cuisine and casual ambiance. The dining room at Bocca di Lupo is dressed with canvases by Haidee Becker, or if you���re seeking art in motion, curious culinarians may dine at the chef's counter with views of the kitchen at work. Signature dishes include the rustic pork and foie gras sausage with faro and porcini; and the burnt almond granita with bitter chocolate sorbet.
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent food and atmosphere”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

This place serves authentic Italian food in small plates so you can share and try different dishes. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and explained it very well. It was difficult to get a table/reservation here but we managed to get on at the bar which works equally well. Try Gelupo, the sister ice-cream shop, opposite the restaurant. It is fantastic!

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“Order carefully and you'll have a really good experience”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We went as a party of three for lunch - booked one week ahead and they said we had to vacate the table by 2:30 pm and confirmed this again when we arrived yet the restaurant wasnt full and there were also plenty of places at the chef's bar...so work that one out!. Anyway, after working our way round the menu we had a really good experience. In my opinion the way to eat here is to share several courses...Spanish tapas style. You can order large or small plates and there are plenty of options on the menu which makes choosing both intriguing and difficult. Then, if you want more it's easy to supplement. Try the excellent Bocconcino (fried mozzarella balls) and if mozzarella is your thing then there is the most exquisite Burrata which came with in-season broad beans in extra virgin oil and lemon. The fried courgettes were also excellent. Following that you can choose from a range of pastas, grills and sautes which is why I say order carefully if you want to eat this way. Wines are normal top end prices for London restaurants for nothing particularly special. We would go again but I think I would choose this as a lunchtime venue and sit at the chef's bar with some simple sharing plates and a glass or two of wine

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London
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“Great location, very noisy, reasonable food”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

For a pre-theatre dinner in the Piccadilly Circus area, this restaurant is ideal; one minute from our Shaftesbury Avenue theatre. This means that you can start at 6pm and have a relaxed meal. The restaurant is very buzzy and lively, so much so that conversation can become quite deafening at times. The menu is reasonable, service is friendly and last time we came, the food was good. However, this time it was not such an enjoyable experience. To start with, they gave us olives, bread and olive oil to dip the bread but they didn't wipe the table of the odd spot of oil before serving the food. My starter octopus with peas was good but not great - perhaps some lemon juice would have helped. For main course I enjoyed my poussin (baby chicken) with salad but when the others complained that it was greasy, I could see their point. One poussin was under-cooked.

The location is great but we will try somewhere else next time.

  • Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“NOTHING BETTER”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a must! The best atmosphere, the best food and the best people. I love it here and wouldn't go anywhere else.

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London
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“A quite pricy restaurant with decent food, but not value for money”
Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Booked the table after seeing Antonio Carluccio went to it on TV. Was quite popular, have to wait for a week for a table at weekend.

Chose sea bass carpaccio and lamb prosciutto for starter, roast suckling pig and rabbit orzotto for main, and ricotta for dessert. Food portion is small, 4 pieces of lamb prosciutto and some raw peas for £10. For 2 people with wine costs £90 which was quite expensive. The food is good but not great that have you wow factor, so don't think is good value for money.

  • Visited April 2013
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