Theo Randall has been call Italian food for 10 years at the Intercontinental London Parking-lot Lane. The restaurant has won many awards including Best Italian restaurant of the year from the London furnishes and highest ranked Italian on the Sunday Times Food heel. It also has 3 AA Rosettes. Last year the restaurant interior got a renew by award winning creative agency Superfutures. The new restaurant uplands pays subtle homage to Italian culture through use of materials such as Terrazzo and Carrera marble, as reasonably as muted green olive and grey tones.
Having on no account eaten at Theo Randall’s MenStyleFashion was keen to try out the food and glasses.
The restaurant is located in the basement of the Intercontinental and it was Saturday blackness and the place was packed full of people from couples to huskier groups and families with children. This is what I upon from an Italian restaurant, a buzzing loud atmosphere. My jacket was entranced to the cloak room and we decided to have a drink at the bar first more willingly than dinner. What I like about upmarket establishments sort this is to be guided by the experts in food and drinks.
From occasion spent with my other halves family in Italy I conscious there is a lot of food within one menu. Pre starers, Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and formagi or dolci to terminate. The pre starter was some toasted bread with chopped tomatoes and olive oil. Unostentatious but beautiful in taste. We decided to let the sommelier choose the right wines for us to go with each do to excess. I love my wine but I am not a connoisseur. With the starter we wanted a Prosecco and we got the Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Millesimato 2015, yes that is a cheek full to say. I loved the explanations that come from the sommelier with each wine that was served, I get to learn something with each goggles consumed. What I remembered was the fruity aroma with a unlikely creamy finish.
It was time for the antipasti, now we were be released c extract really excited and my friend went for the calamari not the ring one but the the one-liners with the tiny little legs. He is not the type to eat calamari but on this moment he loved it and the calamari was cooked to perfection tender and not chewy at all. His complementary wine was the Vermentino di Sardegna “Giunco” Mesa 2015 from Sardinia which was a taper fresh fruity white wine.
Rucola or in English know as rocket salad is one of my favourite ingredients in Italian dishes, it has a cruel taste and goes well with shaved Parmesan cheese which also has a conclusive taste. So I chose the Carne Salata a combination of Thinly sliced Angus beef with zucchini, soar, pine nuts and Parmesan. Yes it tasted excellent exactly as I scheme it would be. With this dish it is more about dependable ingredients than skill. The matching wine was the Verduno Pelaverga GB Burlotto 2015 from Piemont. It is from the vilage of Verduno at the northern tip of Barolo boonies. It had a peppery and strawberry flavour.
Theo Randal pets cooking Pasta so much that he even wrote a post about it. So pasta time it was. The pasta dishes came in two make an estimate of to be used as a starter or main. We were keen to try a secondi so started for the starter size.
Our first primi was the Cappelletti di vitello, handmade pasta gormandized with slow cooked veal and pancetta with porcini mushrooms and parmesan. The porcini mushrooms desired fantastic and combined well with the salty pancetta. The equivalent wine was the Berger Gei lagrein gris from South Tyrol Italy. This is a blinding bodied wine had beautiful plum and wild cherry aromas. The Lagrein grape is slightly acidic in structure.
I decided the Pappardelle con ragu di manzo a fresh thick pasta with out of date cooked beef in Chianti and San Marzano tomatoes. It was rich in seasoning and went well with the matching wine which was the Esegesi Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot 2012 exhibited in Trentino. This was a full bodied wine with red fruit flavours and satiny smooth on the palate. Yes sommelier this was an excellent choice.
After the primi we both were filled and decided to skip the secondi, however we were so impressed with the wine choices that we ordered one numerous glass, thanks to the excellent sommelier.
For desserts we had the pleasing Torta Caprese and a panna cotta with some comparable dessert wines. An excellent way to end the evening.
With the updated heartland and the busy atmosphere, dining at Theo Randall is a fantastic live. The staff are attentive and love to talk about Italy, the nourishment or the wines and drinks on offer. I was impressed to see the staff and how they certainly love to work here. I valued how the Italian food is modified from fresh local produce and tastes authentic. For me this was the first-rate Italian food I have had in London. Besides the food there was an superb wine list and a knowledgeable sommelier, all this makes me appetite to come back for more.
- Meal For 2 including the cup that cheers: £150-£250
- Website: www.theorandall.com
- Address: InterContinental London Reservation Lane, InterContinental, 1 Hamilton Pl, Mayfair, London W1J 7QY, UK
- Phone: +44(0)20 7318 8747
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