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Not complicated I know, and how much can you say about the humble potato salad, but yes, it does need just the right potato, (an unpeeled Jersey Royal thank you), and a great dressing, not to mention walnuts, spring onions, and gerkhin…

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What makes the perfect japanese bowl of soup? For me it takes a weighty voluptuous noodle, not to soft and not too hard, a delicious flavoursome broth, rich and deep yet light and joyful. Add to this loads of fresh seafood, vegetables and big dose of loving attention to presentation and you get the picture. That’s why I LOVE Yumenoki.

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I hereby announce, El Camino as my  new favourite Mexican Cantina in London. El Camino is an easy hangout with a big open kitchen and aromatic scents greeting you as soon as you walk in.  I had the Carnitas Burrito and it was succulent, fresh and tasty.

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Guinness addled lunch at ‘The Enterprise’

It all started out just fine. The miracle of a sunny Saturday, and Sacha and I went for a stroll from the V&A  (Go see ‘Decode- Digital design sensations‘) down Walton St to our favorite administrator of Guinness, the Enterprise.  You enter  through these massive velvet curtains into what looks like a manor house library, greeted by a chap who behaves more like a butler than a waiter. The Guinness is poured to perfection, thick, jetblack and creamy, and all food is served superfresh, and perfect…

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Wood oven pizza cheer on a miserable day

A quick lunch at Zizzi on Sunday turns into a long afternoon nap on the sofa.

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kofta kebab - Chruch st Market London
Sometimes, just sometimes, a freshly grilled chicken taouk or a kofta kebab is the only thing that counts. Namely, when slighty hung over.  And if such a day falls on a Saturday lunch time, you’re in luck, because just of theEdgeware Rd, or Champs Elysee of the middle east, in London you’ll find the ‘Tikka delight’ boys, grilling their fresh, perfectly spiced skewers, and char-grilling the yummiest naan like bread. I always get a small kofta with all the spicy sauces and salad pitta. I don’t know, is this really bad fast food? I think not

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Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho

Having worked on Dean St in Soho for the last 8 months, it’s no wonder I became a huge fan of Signor Zilli. This Soho institution has stood the test of time with its classic menu, great atmosphere, fantastic service and wide range of divine dishes. I have never met celebrity chef Signor Aldo Zilli, but Nino always makes us feel special and welcome, this time, moving a table and chairs out doors for us when all the others were occupied. We started with Grilled Squid with Sweet Chilli Sauce & Rocket – (Calamari ai Ferri con Rucola) followed by…


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Cold Spanish Gazpacho topped with Shrimps & Parmesan Croutons

Melanzana alla Parmigana with Oregano & Sauce, Parmesan Cheese

Filo Pastry Parcel stuffed with Parma Ham, Smoked Mozzarella, Artichokes with a Spicy Tomato Sauce

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Oven Roast Lamb Shank with Rosemary Gravy served with Lentils

Poached Cold Salmon with Russian & Mayonnaise

Pan Fried Calfs Liver Strips with Shallot & Red Sauce served with Mash

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Lemon Tart

Cappuccino Mousse

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Starters…

Minestrone di Verdure £5.50
Seasonal Vegetable Soup
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Rotolo di Scamorza Affumicata con Prosciutto di Parma alla Griglia £8.00
Grilled smoked mozzarella wrapped in Parma ham served with rocket salad
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Insalata di Granchio Servita con Mango ed £8.50
Hand Picked Cornish Crab served with Mango and Avocado
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Mozzarella di Bufala con Pomodoro Arrositi (v) £7.00
Buffalo mozzarella with Slow Roast tomatoes & Basil Oil
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Calamari ai Ferri con Rucola £8.50
Grilled Squid with Sweet Chilli Sauce & Rocket
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Antipasto Casa £8.00
Salami, Parma Ham, Slow Roast Plum Tomato, Cheese & Olives
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Funghi di Bosco Gratinati al Formaggio Caprino (v) £7.00
Field Portobello Mushroom with Goats Cheese
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Gamberoni in Salsa Mediterranea Piccante Servita con Bruschetta £9.00
Grilled Tiger Prawns served in Mediterranean spicy sauce with toasted
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
& Risotto
Penne Arrabbiata (v) £7.00/9.90
Penne with Tomato & Calabrian Chilli
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Risotto di Mare £15.00
Risotto
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
con Vongole Veraci del Mediterraneo £11.90
Linguine with Mediterranean in Garlic & White Wine Sauce
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Linguine Carbonara £8.90
Linguine with Pancetta, Eggs, Parmesan, Parsley
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Risotto primavera con Caprino £10.90
Risotto with Spring Vegetables & Goats Cheese Gratin
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Orecchiette alla Sicilian £8.90
Ear shaped pasta with anchovies, capers, olives, garlic & chilli
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Ravioli d’Aragosta Fatt in Casa alla Moda Nostra £9.90/12.00
Lobster Ravioli with Shellfish &
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho

Spinaci e Ricotta Ravioli £9.90
& Ricotta Ravioli in Butter & Sage Sauce
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho

Dishes marked with the symbol (v) are suitable for vegetarian, some of our food may contain nuts.

All our prices are inclusive of VAT and an optional gratuity of 12,5% will be automatically added to your final bill. It is forbidden to smoke in this premise.

Pesce
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Branzino al Forno £18.50
Seabass Fillets on Chargrilled Vegetables & Basil Dressing
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Capesante con Pancetta £16.90
Pan Fried Diver Scallops on Chickpea Mash, Crispy Pancetta, Tomato
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Carne
Porchetta Abruzzese

£16.00

slow roast pork belly with baby carrots, rosemary potatoes & apple sauce
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Pollo al Marsala £15.00
breast filled with wild mushrooms, marsala wine, rosemary potatoes
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Pollo all Brace con Capellini aglio e Olio £15.00
Chargrilled, marinated chicken breat on angel hair pasta with Garlic, chilli, parsley
Italian food at Signor Zilli, SohoVitello Milanese con Spaghetti Pomodoro
Veal Milanese with in Tomato & Basil Sauce (and chilli if you want) £17.00
Vitello Al Limone
Italian food at Signor Zilli, SohoVeal Escalope with lemon & parsley sauce served with spinach                             £16.50
Bistecca con Losso al Rosmarino £18.50
Marinated Rib Cut Beef, Chargrilled with Rosemary, Garlic & Sea Salt served with Mash
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Contorni
Patate Fritte £2.50
thin chips
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Puree di Patate £3.00
Creamy Mash
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Spinaci all’ aglio e peperoncino £4.00
Sauteed Spinach with Garlic & Chilli
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Patate Arrosto e Rosmarino £4.00
Roaste Rosemary Potatoes
Insalata Mista £3.50
Mixed Leaf Salad
Broccoli Al Vapore £4.00
Steamed Broccoli
Zucchini fritti £4.00
Deep Fried Courgette
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho

Dishes marked with the symbol (v) are suitable for vegetarian, some of our food may contain nuts.

All our prices are inclusive of VAT and an optional gratuity of 12.5% will be automatically added to your final bill. It is forbidden to smoke in this premise.

Prices include VAT but exclude 12.5% optional Gratuity & Cover charge of £1.50 per person

Year Region abv% Glass
175c (£)
Bottle
(£ )
White Wines
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Grecanico Vignali Rocca mora 2007 Sicilia 12 4.00 16.00
Chenin Blanc Ormer Bay 2007 south africa 12.5 17.00
Pinot Grigio Venezie 2007 Trentino 13 5.50 23.00
Vermentino Rocca della Macie 2007 Toscana 13 26.00
Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 New Zealand 13 29.00
Sancerre Domaine la Croix 2007 Loire 12.5 31.50
Gavi di Gavi Villa Sparina 2006 Piemonte 13 33.50
Sauvignon Cru Maso delle Rose, Weger 2007 Alto Adige 13 35.00
Chardonnay Fabrizio Bianchi 2003 Toscana 13.5 41.00
Sparkling Wines
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Prosecco Rocco Venezia 24.00
House Champagne N.V.
France 12 35.00
Moet et Chandon 12 42.00
Laurent Perrier Rose 12 75.00
Red Wine
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Sangiovese, Roccamora 2006 Sicilia 12.5 4.00 18.00
Merlot Ormer Bay 2006 south africa 12.5 4.50 19.00
Valpolicella Ca Rugate 2006 Veneto 13 23.00
Cabernet Sauvignon Perez Cru 2006 Chile 14.5 24.50
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Casal Thaulero 2006 Abruzzo 13 25.00
Chianti Classico Agricola San Felice 2005 Toscana 13 30.00
Pinot Noir Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2007 Burgundy 13.5 32.00
Shiraz Egidio Linda Dumas 2005 Australia 14 36.00
Brunello di Montalcino 2002 Toscana 13.5 55.00
Barolo Torriglione Gagliasso 2004 Piemonte 15 62.00
Rose Wine
Italian food at Signor Zilli, Soho
Gaio Rose 2006 Sicilia 14 4.50 21.00

SERVICE NOT INCLUDED.

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caramel slices at the Orangery London

What a surprise to have the lovely Marion call today and suggest cake at the Orangery in Kensington Gardens. I haven’t been there for years, mainly due to the dreary long queues out the front door and lethargic service. Somehow, today it seemed time to try again, and we were not disappointed, despite the 30 minute wait for a table. This Caramel slice, Coffee and walnut , or Belgian Chocolate cake were my big decision….

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