Price Point: Mains from £15-£25
This smart, contemporary restaurant and bar may be in the heart of banking mecca Canary Wharf, but as soon as you push open the door you’ll be transported to Italy. Achingly stylish retro light fittings look to Venice in the 70s, the dazzling white river lounge brings to mind aperitivo hour in Capri and the fine dining room upstairs is as sophisticated as Rome, with its oxblood leather banquettes and dark marble floor.
Head chef Antonio Calo hails from Brindisi in Southern Italy and his menus showcase the love of sun-nourished vegetables and quality fish that is typical of this region. This may be fine-dining, but it is food that is also good for the soul.
Think sizzling scallops swimming in an intense tomato puree, lamb loin moistened with rich red wine reduction and dark chocolate mousse, a decadent flavour that shines alongside sweet cherry sorbet. Sit near the open kitchen on the ground floor to watch chefs crafting pizzas in the time-honoured Neapolitan style.
A wine list laden with interesting Italian producers and views directly over the River Thames is the icing on what is already a very delicious cake.
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