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[London] Bocca Di Lupo


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[London] Bocca Di Lupo

foreignmuck | | Oct 18, 2009 04:38 AM

Finally managed to make it here, after a lot of anticipation. Didnt make a reservation as such but got a place at the bar about 10.30.. The place was buzzing. Great decor, friendly staff. The (complimentary?) olives, foccacia and bread were served with a very nice olive oil

Sadly, I was not on form with my ordering and for some reason managed order some rather duff dishes which was a big disappointment.. For some reason i went for the two 'street food' options, which was definitely a school boy error. First up was the Sicilian speciality Pani Ca Meusa, )lung and spleen on focaccia with onions and smoked ricotta.) The dish was a bit tough, lukewarm and just a bit underwhelming. Probably best left for the streets of Palermo.

Then came the spaghetti with mullet Bottarga fritatta. One of my favourite dishes is mentaiko spaghetti, (spicy japanese pollock roe spaghetti). I was hoping for something along those lines, but sadly what came out was a clump of spaghetti set in eggs, virtually no bottarga what so ever. Although it didn't taste bad, it was disappointing to pay £16 for a rather bland disc of carbs. Bottarga is certainly not cheap, but there was none in there!! I brought this up with the host and he admitted it 'wasn't their most exciting dish' which brought me to ask why they serve it in the first place....

Friends did fair much better with Grilled Squid, lobster and mussel spaghetti with ginger (which was very nice but could probably be made just as well at home), and a pork, ham and mortadella tortellini in a cream sauce w/ nutmeg ..

Desserts were great.. kept the Sicilian theme by ordering grape and strawberry granita with cream, and burnt almond granita with dark chocolate gelato. Both fresh, flavourful and the right level of sweetness.

Despite the underwhelming experience, i'd definitely return and try some other things. If anyone has some recs, please advise!

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