Ristorante Semplice

Ristorante Semplice

British

0.5 miles
9-10 Blenheim Street, Mayfair, Central London, W1S 1LJ
Fine Italian dining in London's West End doesn't come much better than at Ristorante Semplice. Tucked away on a quiet side road just off Oxford Street, this restaurant is one of Mayfair's best-kept secrets. Effortlessly chic and reassuringly elegant, it exudes class from its stylish but simplistic interior through to its charcoalsuited waiting staff. I dined with an Italian friend on a Thursday evening, and while the restaurant was already packed, the service was excellent.

Our meal began with a glass of Champagne and an appetiser of Parmesan bites, vegetables and squid ink chips. My starter, an artichoke and rocket salad, was artfully presented on immaculate white crockery. After consulting the waiting staff, my guest enjoyed a specially prepared salad of potatoes and fine green beans. 'I'm still dreaming of the green beans,' he told me several days later. They were skinnier than matchsticks and beautifully sweet and tender. For my main course I chose the potato gnocchi, stuffed with Genovese pesto and served with French beans and pine kernels. Sublime does not do it justice - it was simply outstanding. My friend had John Dory for his main, pan fried and served on a bed of almost-puréed chard. He declared it amazing. I informed our waiter that my guest was Italian, and also a bit of a foodie - conversation ensued and we learned that over 60 per cent of the produce used at Ristorante Semplice is sourced from Italy, including the fantastic olive oil we enjoyed with the frequently offered bread basket.

Despite initially refusing pudding on account of being entirely satisfied by his starter and main course, I persuaded my guest to order the tiramisu just so I could try a spoonful; meanwhile, I opted for a chocolate fondant with maraschino foam and a strawberry and rosewater sorbet. We polished off every last scrap of our desserts; quite apt that such a divine meal be concluded with what some may call heaven on a hostess trolley
+2Ristorante Semplice
Open: OpenMon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm; Sat 7pm-10.30pm

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