Venerdi Italian Restaurant – London

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Venerdi reopened on the 18th February and the amount of interest it has received so far has been positively overwhelming.

 

It has totally transformed from its previously rustic decor into a stylish and sophisticated eating establishment that oozes class while at the same time, keeping it’s Mediterranean charm with traditional Italian foods on display for all to see.

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Venerdi is situated on the trendy Chatsworth Road in Hackney and although the regenerated area offers an array of quirky eateries and other shops, Venerdi really does stand out from the crowd.

It’s now the type of venue which you would find in nearby Shoreditch. Modern and charming, with its brand new traditional wood burning oven, dimly lit feature lighting and impeccably dressed professional bartenders with a serious passion for their trade. The only difference is, Venerdi doesn’t come with the upmarket price tag that a lot of restaurants in Shoreditch tend to charge.

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They’ve kept their original menu with some new additions, all for the same great price.

Their famous Pizzas are still on offer in a range of Meat, Fish, Vegeterian and gluten free options, ranging from £7.70 to £13 and are big enough for two people! Their thin crusts and tasty toppings show us why traditional Italian Pizzas are the only ‘real’ Pizzas to eat.

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For the seafood fans there’s plenty of options. From their ‘Salmone Alla Griglia’ (Grilled Salmon with Seabass Ravioli) for £16, to their ‘Risotto Scampi’ for £12. There’s a number of choices to choose from.

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If you’re more of a Meat eater then Venerdi is the place to be! Their ‘Rib Eye Padella’ (Dry roasted Scotch Rib Eye) for £16.50 is simply delicious and cooked to perfection. Their ‘Tagliatelle Wild Boar’ for £13 is also a popular favourite.

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They also have a number of Vegetarian options available at Venerdi. From ‘Gnocchi Buffalina (Stuffed with Buffalo Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic, served with a Tomato and Pesto sauce) for £9.90, to ‘Orecchiette’ (Garden Peas, mixed Porcini Mushrooms and Garlic in a cream sauce for £10.
As with any authentic Italian restaurant, Venerdi also offers a number of Antipasto (Starter/first course) options from their fresh Focaccia bread for £5.50 to their Scallops with spicy Sausage for only £9.50. A perfect pre-dinner treat!

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Venerdi really has excelled itself with it’s refurbishment and is fast becoming the most talked about restaurant in the area this year so far!

Expect happy hours, music nights, special events and much more!
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Venerdi is situation on 9 Chatworth Road, London E65 OLH

For reservations call 02085331902

 

 

 

Coppa Club London

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Cold winter nights are either about hibernating indoors or enjoying a good meal out!

With views over the famous Tower of London Coppa Club is a great spot for date night dining and dinner with friends or family. It is also extremely fairly priced compared to some other restaurants in the area.

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Upon arrival we were seated inside the large, spacious restaurant towards the open kitchen area.

Drinks:

We ordered some ‘Wild Strawberry Spritz’ Cocktails.

These consisted of Fragoli Liqueur, Prosecco & ‘drunken strawberries’ (£6.95 each) which had tiny little ‘Drunken Strawberries’ laying in the bottom of the glass. I have to say they were lovely and very refreshing!

Food:

Starters:

Crispy Fried Squid with Sriracha Mayo, Lemon & Paprika (£5.95)
Seared King Prawns (4) with garlic, Lemon, Chilli & extra virgin Olive Oil (£6.95)
Garlic Bread (£2.95)

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Mains:

Corn fed Chicken with lemony Rosemary juices, house Slaw and skinny Fries (Serving two for £19.95)

 

Our starters arrived quite quickly and were visually, very appealing! The taste matched this, as the Garlic bread was simply delicious. More of a garlic flat bread, the four cut slices were perfectly cooked and not overwhelming. I love bread for starters and sometimes over indulge, which often leads to a bit of a struggle when the mains arrive but the portion size was just right.

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The Prawns were lovely. Shell on, covered in garlic, lemon, and chilli, they were cooked to perfection! Two each was just enough for us. Served with a slice of lemon to drizzle. Yummy!

I’m a big fan of Squid and this one didn’t disappoint. The creamy Sriracha Mayo sauce added a superb texture once eaten.

The Mains were wonderful, the chicken was fresh, bursting with flavour and a fantastic portion size. The chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, just the way we like them!

We were full so couldn’t manage dessert, but I’m sure we would have enjoyed those as well!

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Coppa Club has 3 other venues in Sonning, Oxford Circus and St Pauls.

Opening hours:
Monday- Thursday 7:30am–11pm
Friday 7:30am–12am
Saturday 9am–12am
Sunday 9am–10:30pm
For reservations visit http://www.coppaclub.co.uk/towerbridge

 

 

Hubbard and Bell – London

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Part of the Soho House brand, Hubbard and Bell (adjoined with The Hoxton Hotel) is situated on the High Holborn road in London.

With it’s light and airy décor, it’s the perfect spot for dinner with friends on a cold Monday evening in the city.

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The menu is very varied and interesting. Not on the cheap side but considering it’s central London, it was considerably reasonable for the excellent quality of food that we later received.

Food:

The Porterhouse Steak with fries (£55 for 32oz), Octopus with Salsa Verde, Chilli and Chickpeas (£14), Crab with spicy Aioli on toast (£8) and the Scallops with Cauliflower and Saffron (£12).

The steak is beyond amazing.  It was one of the best we’ve ever had! Thick cuts of tender, medium/rare meatiness served on a wooden board,  topped off with mixed salad. It was perfect to share and we had around 4 slices each between 3 of us so it was well worth the price tag.

The chips (we asked them to be fried in truffle oil) tasted fantastic! Very moreish.

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The Octopus was beautiful. The portions are small but extremely satisfying. Served with salsa verde, chilli and chickpeas, the accompanying ingredients really did the octopus justice.

Now on to the crab. It beats peanut butter on toast that’s for sure! We would have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner if we could. Tasty and surprisingly light considering the bread underneath.

They have a solid cocktail list ranging from ‘Sunset Boulevard’ which consists of Gran Centenario Plata with Manderin and Tarragon soda, to ‘Vintage Satan in Satin’s Sheets’.

The boldly named cocktail boasts an extensive list of ingredients. Woodford Reserve, Martini Rosso, Manderin Napoleon, Benedictine, Ferret Branca and bitters (see below).

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Along with their delicious food, creative cocktails and relaxed atmosphere, Hubbard and Bell is a very welcoming venue with attentive, friendly staff.

 

With a range of well known actors frequenting the venue, Hubbard and Bell is a not-so-hidden gem that should be proud of their service and exceptional food.

The restaurant is open from 7am-2am Monday-Saturday and 8am-12am on Sundays.

You can book your table by calling 02076613030 or visiting http://www.hubbardandbell.com