7 May 2013


London, UK

Few restaurants have withstood the test of time in London, but Cecconi’s happens to be one of these institutions that consistently draw Londoners and jetsetters alike into its beautiful Venetian inspired art deco style dining room. Dining at Cecconi’s is always an event, whether it’s for a casual brunch or formal dinner. On our latest visit we were meeting some friends for Sunday brunch, on what was a beautiful sunny day, so the dining room was flooded with natural light. To start we ordered the Calamari Fritti and Beef Carpaccio to share. Both were exceptionally delicious and light, just enough to warm our tummies up for what was next. For our main dishes, we each ordered something different, but still managed to have a little tasting of all the delicious offerings on the table.  The Lobster Spaghetti was not my favourite as I felt it could have used more tomato sauce (à la Scalini on Walton Street) and the lobster serving could have been more generous, but nonetheless it was very tasty. The Crab Ravioli was sublime but the portion size was not; it could have easily been double the portion. The Taglioni with samphire, prawns and bottarga was delicious and triggered volcanos of different but complimenting flavours in my mouth. Both the Eggs Benedict and Royale were also very tasty, perfectly cooked and simply presented. To conclude our feast we ordered a Tiramisu and a Colonel (a lemon sorbet with a shot of vodka), which is outstandingly refreshing. The Tiramisu was very creamy and not overloaded with liqueur, which can sometimes be the case. With a few glasses of fresh juice, wine and Rosé, this proved to be quite a delicious and successful brunch. A restaurant like Cecconi’s doesn’t need a recommendation, as it is a London icon. It’s a must when in London and goes down as being one of our favourite brunch spots in the city.

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