We arrived at 10pm after seeing The Book of Mormon (fabulous show btw!). Our table was reserved for 10:15pm.
The restaurant was packed and crowded. The premises are small but attractive. We were greeted cheerily and professionally by the lovely hostess.
Our table was not ready but would be by the time of our reservation; the previous guests were on their desserts, we were told. Unfortunately there wasn't really anywhere suitable to wait, still less have a drink. No matter; within 10 mins we were seated.
The Sardinian red wine at about £30/bottle (£6.50/glass) is very good.
The menu is varied but in very small print making it difficult to read, especially in the low light. There's a good variety of interesting sounding dishes.
For our starters, I had the very pea-heavy minestrone. It lacked colour and interest. No parmesan was offered and I would have welcomed some! Christine had an exquisite buffalo mozzarella appetizer. A dollop of the cheese in my soup added much-required taste!
For our mains, Christine had the clam stew in breadcrumbs and I had the sea bream. The fish came unfilleted with head which I never like; but our server cheerfully filleted it for me. We shared a spicy courgettes-based side dish which added much-needed interest to otherwise lacklustre dishes.
The tables are packed together so we easily slipped into conversation with the diners next to us. We would not have been able to have a private conversation.
The service was prompt, caring and very friendly. Full marks for service!
The bill came to just short of £100 including a 12.5% automatic service charge. I thought that was expensive for 2 courses and wine in a casual restaurant.
It was a fun atmosphere and a great place to go for dinner when you're visiting one of the many nearby theatres.
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