Harden's survey result
“Pricey but always ‘comme il faut’” sums up the still-accomplished cuisine at this once-famous Belgravian, a short walk from Knightsbridge. That said, 20 years ago under founding chef Giorgio Locatelli, it was “the doyenne of Italian restaurants”, while now it’s simply “reliable” – if at a high level – and “resting on its laurels”.
“Still one of the top Italians in town”, say fans of this well-known Belgravian, whose heyday was twenty years ago under founding chef Giorgio Locatelli. But while it’s still “always busy and buzzy”, survey feedback is much more muted nowadays, and – though it avoids damning critiques – sceptics consider it “dull and completely overpriced”.
“A lovely top-class Italian” is the verdict of most reporters on this “old-fashioned” (and business-friendly) Belgravian, which in the noughties was regularly fêted as London’s best and which, on most accounts, “still produces really wonderful dishes, especially fresh pasta and fish”. Its ratings continue to be hampered, though, by a disgruntled minority who think “it used to be fantastic, but has become stodgy”.
“Having once been amongst the best Italian restaurants in London the cuisine has become more ordinary” at this well-known Belgravian, which is widely seen as “resting on its laurels”, and to its harshest critics is “awful”. It’s not without support though: even some who feel it’s “overpriced, staid and could do better” say “it’s still worth a visit for the bible-like wine list and classic cooking”.
|Wine per bottle||£40.00|
15 Lowndes St, London, SW1X 9EY
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|