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Kerbside Appeal San Carlo London, St James

August 16, 2018

Restaurants & Bars | by Harry Mills

Struck by a heatwave, London basked in uncomfortable temperatures for months showing very few signs of letting up. One of those uncomfortably warm evenings in July we found solace at San Carlo London on London’s Regent Street.

We truly have had the weather for al fresco dining and so we opted to dine outside on this occasion, however the interiors inside are beautiful; a marble topped bar and soft grey banquettes with mirrors on the surrounding walls.

After a recent trip to Parma, I’ve become very fond of a Campari spritz which works as a fantastic aperitivo. Never one to ditch the carbs, a basket of baked bread and anchovy butter was very pleasing.

The menu is large and offers a great variety of classic Italian dishes, we didn’t hesitate long before ordering however. San Carlo is perfect place for sharing and I would recommend doing so too as it makes choosing dishes a lot easier.

Scallops were delicious, tender sweet flesh topped with parmesan and asparagus was a perfect start to our meal.

Fritto di pesce was plentiful, perhaps the whole catch of the day was brought to the table. Wonderfully crispy squid tentacles and golden jacketed white fish accompanied by tartar sauce, and another chilli.

Pappardelle came tangled in a bowl of delicious guinea-fowl ragu, Lombardia style. Pasta comes in both main size and smaller, regrettably we chose smaller. The last of the bread soaked up the remaining juice which skimmed the bowl.

Pan-fried halibut was served with pesto and vegetables, the flesh was delicate and cooked well but be careful of bones.

Penne with veal ragu was out shone by the guinea-fowl but was cooked well but lacked oomph, regrettably veal Milanese was perhaps the better choice.

After commingling carbicide , there wasn’t much room for pudding however you can never turn down a tiramisu. Perhaps not the best tiramisu I’ve ever had, but this might of been overshadowed by the refreshing campari granita with candied orange; which was memorable!

San Carlo London maybe part of a larger group but only by name, in any other sense it is completely standalone. The food is well executed, the staff are friendly and did I mention the guinea-fowl?

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