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survey result

Summary

£68
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Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

It’s a “spacious, modern and stylish” venue – on the site of Islington’s Almeida (RIP) – but owners D&D London and respected chef Francesco Mazzei “really ought to up their game” here: it “beats a pizza chain”, but should deliver much more. As it is, being “convenient for the Almeida Theatre” is one of the best things that reporters have to say about it: “without this neighbour they probably wouldn’t survive”.

Summary

£68
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

It’s a “spacious, modern and stylish” venue – on the site of Islington’s Almeida (RIP) – but owners D&D London and respected chef Francesco Mazzei “really ought to up their game” here: it “beats a pizza chain”, but should deliver much more. As it is, being “convenient for the Almeida Theatre” is one of the best things that reporters have to say about it: “without this neighbour they probably wouldn’t survive”.

Summary

£62
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Very disappointing all round” is too often the verdict on this D&D London yearling (formerly the Almeida, RIP), where Francesco Mazzei is the figurehead for the Italian cuisine. Fans do praise it as “great for pre/post theatre” (the Almeida theatre is over the road) with “great pizza and zucchini fries” and other southern Italian fare, but numerous reporters “went expecting great things”, but found “limited and not particularly well-executed” cooking, served “in a barn-like place with zero atmosphere and lacklustre service”.

Summary

£61
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3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Newly rooted near the Almeida Theatre”, this rustically-themed, south Italian newcomer – D&D London’s replacement for The Almeida (RIP) – has made a tepid debut, despite the much-hyped involvement of Francesco Mazzei, and although its “competent cooking” isn’t terribly rated, Islingtonians in particular preferred its fairly middling predecessor: “I really wanted to like this place and I love the chef, but this looks like a chain using a famous name without being prepared to source quality ingredients or cook them with real love”. End result – “too expensive for a casual local, but not good enough for a special occasion”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Pretheatre £16.00 £19.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£13.00 £16.00 £6.00 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £3.50
Service 12.50%
30 Almeida St, London, N1 1AD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:45 pm

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