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Thursday
Dec 2011

Bocca Di Lupo

Posted in Restaurants & Bars

I am in the midst of finally reading “Eat, Pray, Love.” I just finished the first section of the book where she eats her way through Italy and writes incessantly about the amazing food in each location. While reading her descriptions of one mouth watering dish after another it left me with an insatiable desire to eat Italian cuisine, that very day, and lots of it. This landed me on the doorstep of Bocca di Lupo a small trattoria nestled in the heart of Soho. It opened its doors in 2008 and prides itself on authentic and uncomplicated Italian dishes. (The numerous awards definitely support this.) The menu draws its influence from the twenty different regions of Italy and one has the option of ordering most dishes in small or large portions. I love this touch as I a big fan of sampling more than one dish off of a menu. I always make sure my husband and I order something different when we are dining so we are able to share the two (half-sies style) and experience more than one culinary creation. So small dishes, more options is ideal.

Below is a sampling of what we feasted on. Note that the menu changes daily based upon the ingredients available so not all dishes below will always be on the menu. Everything we ate was amazing. I will not be cruel here and go on and on about the food, but will let you know that I was asking for more bread to sop up the sauce left on each plate. I am also already plotting a return visit as I was too stuffed to even try their famous gelato. Such an amateur.

Make a reservation if dining during the evening, or I will let you in on my secret to walking in and getting the best table in the house. Dine on Sunday afternoons around 3:30pm to 4:00pm. This is my favorite time to see a restaurant. After the maddening dinner rushes on Friday and Saturday are over and the staff are making their way through the final day of the weekend.  I have always been able to walk in without a reservation and be seated immediately. So if in London and you are unable to hop on a plane to Italy this is the next best thing (and only a short tube ride away). Just be sure you are “hungry like a wolf.”

Scallops

Artichoke a la giudia (₤5.00)

Spaghettini with mussels, prawns, langoustines and squid (₤9.00 for the small)

Cappellacci of pumpkin & amaretti with sage & butter (₤7.50 for the small) It was more like dessert it was so perfectly sweet and buttery.

Bocca Di Lupo

Location: 12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB

Telephone: 020 7734 2223

Hours:

Lunch
Mon – Sat, 12:30 – 15:00
Sun, 12:45 – 16:00Pre-Theatre
Mon – Sat, 17:30 – 19:00
Dinner
Mon – Sat, 17:30 – 23:00Sunday Dinner Sun, 16:00 – 21:30
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Thursday
Nov 2011

Arigato

Posted in Restaurants & Bars

This has to be one of the best little hole in the wall sushi joints in London.  Their menu offers a selection of sushi staples for dining in or take away. It is by no means winning awards on its atmosphere, but the pricing (all rolls are ₤1.80 to ₤3.80) and melt in your mouth sushi should hopefully distract you enough to not notice the meagre surroundings if you choose to dine in.  If you are feeling a bit more adventurous the adjoining Japanese supermarket stocks all the necessities for you to create your own sushi rolls at home as well as a good range of products and ingredients for Japanese cooking. So domo arigato mr robato!
Salmon & avocado roll (₤2.30) and tuna roll (₤2.00)

48-50 Brewer Street, Soho
London, W1F 9TG

Telephone: 020 7287 1722

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday 11:00am to 8:00pm