0.5 miles
71 Haymarket, St James's, Central London, SW1Y 4RW
Want an affordable yet stylish pre-theatre Italian feast, but bored of the usual high street chains? Then Galileo's is your place. Situated directly opposite the historic Haymarket Theatre (dinner was punctuated by my frequent celebrity-spotting attempts), Galileo's is as convenient as it is charming, with terracotta walls lending an authentic, warm glow to the restaurant.

We began with mouth-watering antipasti - beautifully flavoursome Parma ham and soft cheese was accompanied by deep-fried focaccia, which is a delicious and unique little delicacy. The saltiness of the ham and creaminess of the cheese was set off beautifully by the mellow bread and was matched perfectly by the crisp chardonnay that was expertly recommended to us by our waiter. A main course of soft, delicate cod fillet was accompanied by a rich and tangy tomato, caper and oregano salsa - a combination which sent my tastebuds into glorious orbit. Served with fresh vegetables and crisp, tasty roast potatoes, this was a light yet satisfying dish. Their Scottish fillet steak was moist and juicy, cooked rare and served with a powerful, piquant peppercorn sauce. The menu also boasts a varied selection of pizzas and pastas for those seeking more traditional Italian fare. The highlight was undoubtedly their spectacular tiramisu. Billed as the house speciality, this cheeseboard lover was lured into sampling a sweet treat - and it did not disappoint. Straddling the fine line between light and creamy, with a generous slosh of booze and a thick dusting of cocoa, each spoonful was an intense pleasure.

Galileo's offers an express menu for busy theatre-goers, and whilst we enjoyed a leisurely meal we were witness to a number of tables who were treated to swift service, with the same warm hospitality. Whether you are embarking on a romantic dining session for two or a quick pit-stop for something hearty and healthy, the friendly yet efficient staff will cater to your every need.
Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

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