Restaurant review

Babbo, Mayfair, London – Restaurant Review

Babbo

The scene: From time to time, you come across a little gem of a restaurant hidden away in the maze of streets that is London.

My friend and I find Babbo while walking through Mayfair on a cold autumn evening. It is a chic establishment; white tablecloths and chandeliers add a touch of formality to a rustic-tuscan-meet-modern style.

The menu: The dishes are authentically Italian – from fine meats and cheeses to a wide range of pastas and fish.

My starter is Caprese di burrata e basilico; a fresh Italian cheese made with mozzarella and cream, served with tangy tomatoes and basil. This is delicious.

Lynne opts for Calamari fritti. The fresh and meaty fried calamari and crispy batter are also eye-catchers. For my main course, I ask for a pasta and tomato dish – and that’s exactly what I get – linguine in a rich, red sauce – although I was hoping the chef was more adventurous.

Lynne’s dish, however, more than meets her expectations – succulent grilled king prawns served with pickled tomatoes and eggplant.

For dessert I order the mango cheesecake, which is creamy and divine, while my friend opts for a plate of fresh fruit, bursting with color.

I also have a glass of my favorite red wine – a Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (£ 7). Bellissimo!

The bill please
: Appetizers from £ 7.50, main courses from £ 9.75 and desserts from £ 5.50.

Verdict: Perfect for a chic evening.

4/5

39 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JQ
0203 205 1099

Metro: Parc Vert

Review: Carol Driver


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