Find this good Italian restaurant in the plush and comfortable Crowne Plaza Hotel, handy for any City meetings.
The dining room is laid out in an unusual way for a restaurant in this price range - with a long refectory table dominating the dining room; although plenty of semi-private booths are also available (plus a private dining room).
The kitchen offers interesting varied dishes - including some which include their own pasta, and can be taken as either starter or mains.
Starters such as 'Beef Carpaccio with Rocket Salad & Parmesan Shavings'; 'Pan-Fried Scallops with Leek & Chick Pea Purée, Fried Leeks and Sweet & Sour Sauce' and 'Red & Yellow Endive Salad with Pear & Gorgonzola Cheese' typify the style on an autumn menu.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Pan-Fried Pheasant Breast with Braised Chicory, Sautéed Barley & Pheasant Jus'; 'Fillet of Sea Bass with Celeriac Purée, Braised Fennel & Balsamic Reduction' and 'Oven-Roast Rack of Lamb with Mashed Potato, Caramelised Carrots & Roasted Hazelnuts' listed amongst the mains.
There are also a selection of 'Convivium' plates for sharing, in the style grazing-style - and these are particularly popular at lunchtime.
Deeserts are of the expected Italian 'classical' variety spearheaded by Tiramisu - but all of a high standard.
Service is efficient & professional.
- Food Style: Italian
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30, mains about £13 to £24
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-22.30, mains about £13 to £24; set D £23 to £65
- Seats: 110
- Wine: a well-chosen, all Italian, list kicks off at around the £20 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Blackfriars Rail & Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes - enquire when booking
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available