Cafe Murano

http://www.cafemurano.co.uk/

I am a fan of the original Murano (see a review here) so I have wanted to try the new, more casual, offshoot for a while but until recently I just never got around to making it there.

The restaurant is well located, just off Piccadilly and the room is well laid out.  What is very nice to see is that, especially given the location, that the food there is fairly priced.  All the dishes that we had were at least good, the standout for me was a well balanced mackerel dish and the slight let down was a under-seasoned halibut dish.

I would def return here- good food and service at reasonable prices in a location near to theaters and Soho bars.

Starters:

 

Charred mackerel, fennel, orange & almonds (£8.50)

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Wood pigeon, pistachio, beetroot & horseradish salad (£11.00)

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Mains:

Wild mushroom, parsley & Parmesan tagliatelle (£18.00)

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Halibut, Romano peppers, aubergine (£19.00)

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Side:

Cauliflower, almonds (£3.75)

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Acquolina Hostaria (Rome)

http://www.acquolinahostaria.it/

Scores: 1M*

This is a small seafood place about 10 minutes from the center of Rome in a residential area.  Although you can have a more ‘traditional’ format of dishes, it specialises in a make your own tasting menu type format.  You can take as many tasting portions as you want or you can take the ‘i want it all’ or the ‘I want almost all’ options on the menus.  We took the latter which basically means you veto 4 dishes of your choice from the menu and receive the rest.

Raw fish selection

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Burned mackerel, burrata tomatoes

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Grouper ball

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Red mullet cooked under hot salt

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Seabass

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Squid, potato and black truffle

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Amberjack with fish ravioli

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Fried fish with red pepper sorbet

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Linguine with prawns, lime and harissa

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Taverna Trilussa (Rome)

http://www.tavernatrilussa.it/

As far as I could see proper Roman food is pretty heavy and non-cardiologist approved; it tends to consist of cured meats, cheese, deep fried things, red meat and bacon fat. So after 9 odd courses the prior evening I was not that up for such a rich meal; however, when in Rome…

Taverna Trilussa serves traditional Roman food in pleasant surroundings not far from the main in drag in the lively night life area of Trastevere, just over the bridge on the west bank.

We started with some Prosciutto crudo con osso D’Osvaldo di Cormons which was nice enough.  We shared a pasta course of Bucatini all’ Amatriciana; this was billed as Rome’s most famous dish- ‘thick hollow spaghetti with tomato sauce, guanciale bacon and Pecorino cheese’.  The dish was very rich and tasty- proper hearty food, I would not have wanted one to myself though.  Two beef dishes were also deep i flavour and well cooked.

Bucatini all’ Amatriciana

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Thin slices of beef fillet with balsamic vinegar “25 years reservei”

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Grilled artichokes

Beef fillet soaked in Barolo wine

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