Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bocca di Lupo | London

During my last week in London, my sister joined me to try out a final few places before permanently leaving the city. On a Thursday night, we headed into Soho on the look for dinner. We tried at Bocca Di Lupo and got a spot at the bar pretty much right away (for a table you'll need to book a few weeks in advance). Having heard so many good things about this place, I was looking forward to a nice evening catching up with my sister while enjoying some excellent Italian food. 

We joined the mainly male-dominated bar with view on the kitchen- and bar-action. 

In true Italian fashion, we ordered some Aperol Spritz to kick off our summer's evening dinner. While nibbling on olives and bread, we checked out the menu. 

The menu is simple and Italian, just how we like it. 

We decided on a few plates to share and waited for our food while enviously glancing over at our neighbours' grilled fish and trofie

Luckily our food quickly arrived, starting with the sea bream carpaccio with orange and rosemary. This was my favourite dish of the evening. Fresh fish, some good olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and a tiny bit of orange zest (I usually don't like zest very much). This was excellent!

My second favourite was the pappardelle with duck ragu. My sister was less keen on this one, but I thought it was very tasty. 

Courgette trifolate with chili and parsley. Though this was a very simple side dish, the flavours were perfect together - crunchy courgette with a hint of parsley, olive oil and chili. Very yummy as well. 

My least favourite dish (but still very tasty) was the linguine with spider crab. My sister loved this, but I thought there was very little spider crab and I generally prefer other pastas over linguine and spaghetti types. Next time I would love to try the trofie

These four dishes (the two pastas were small portions) was just enough for the two of us and left a little room for dessert. We were tempted while watching someone prepare some gelato balls in front of our noses ;)

But we managed to resist because I knew a better spot for dessert, realllly close by ;) So we left the restaurant on the hunt for something sweet, which I'll tell you about soon. I really liked Bocca Di Lupo, it's really some excellent Italian food which doesn't break the bank. Simple Italian food is the best (also check out Polpo if you like this kind of food, it's quite similar though Bocca feels fancier). This goes straight to my London map!

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