Some years ago when I was sports editor of a national Sunday Newspaper our editor was a big fan of Orso Restaurant, tucked away downstairs in Wellington Street. They were good days and good fun but we all move on and I left this restaurant behind until I took my family there to celebrate yet another birthday. I expected it to be heaving especially as it was Poppy Day, always busy in London. It was, sadly, two thirds empty and this on a Sunday lunchtime. What made it even stranger was that the food was as I remembered, excellent and enjoyed by our entire group, ages ranging from five year old twins to my rather advanced years. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I took a famous footballing personality there before Christmas, again it was quiet but once more the food and service were very good with the crispy garlic bread as good and as popular as ever.
Pricewise it was not outrageous so I was perplexed as to why a good restaurant in the middle of bustling Covent Garden was being ignored. The recession? I doubt it as other popular restaurants in London were, at the time, bursting at the seams.Maybe all it needs is a lick of fresh paint, something to liven it up, especially as it is in a cellar.
It is, however, back on my list and at least I know I can get a table when I want one!
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