While the restaurant is set within the ground floor of an office block, it's a new construction such that the space is quite stylish though a drink in the bar first provided a wobbly table and high chairs that were essentially uncomfortable; fashion and comfort are only ever bedfellows by accident after all. Staff however were pleasant throughout the evening.
Moving from the bar to the restaurant, it is very smart indeed and I imagine that lunchtimes see the venue full of the City's great and good; the venue itself presents an air of modern professionalism well suited to business lunches.
A basket of bread arrives at the table first but a rock hard bread stick almost breaks my teeth while the focaccia and other breads feel too doughy. Then the starters: Mazzara shrimp salad with tonnato sauce and bottarga, together with Norcia hand carved ham with pane & pomodoro. Portion sizes here are very large indeed (to go with the very large price tag) but these were both excellent starters. The salad was somewhat overdressed but at least it was overdressed with a very tasty sauce. The ham meanwhile was perhaps the best Italian ham I've tasted.
This felt to us too much money for a meal that we're not raving about; we can't imagine returning and will leave it to those with the appropriate expense accounts to fill the tables.
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