Had a work lunch and was trying not to go to all the usual Mayfair spots we go back to again and again and since @Angiesilverspoon had said great things about Babbo, I decided to suggest that.
Babbo is cute, intimate and brightly lid inside with nice natural light flooding the entire restaurant.
What we ate:
Marinated salmon served with mango, hazelnut, chilli powder, lemon dressing and black pepper: this dish was absolutely gorgeous! I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it as the colours were stunningly bright. The salmon was sliced very thin, almost transparent and layer on the plate like carpaccio with dollops of mango and avocado purees on top and drizzled with the lemon dressing. It was tasty, but to be honest, it was a bit too sweet for me as a starter. I actually kept scraping off the mango and avocado to better taste the salmon.
Roasted octopus with crab meat, frisée salad, hazelnuts, apple and passion fruit dressing: once again, a bit too sweet of a starter with the passion fruit dressing, but the octopus was very tender and the leaves were fresh and vibrantly green. Both starters would have been better, at least for my taste, if they let the citrus elements shine more with the seafood over the citrus notes.
Baked cod served with vegetables and avocado puree: a very healthy dish and well prepared.
Black cod served with Babbo cauliflower velouté: the black cod flavour was a bit too strong in the miso for my taste, but the cauliflower velouté was smooth and delicious.
Purple potato gnocchi served with wild mushroom, Goat’s cheese and pea shoots: this and the lamb were the best dishes of the lunch. The gnocchi were on the bigger size but were still somewhat light and generously covered with a nice medley of different types of mushrooms. Luckily, no sweetness in this dish.
Rack of lamb served with spicy aubergine purée, grilled baby gem and Parmesan foam: generous portion with two gorgeous racks of lamb which were perfectly cooked.
Chocolate mousse served with sesame ice cream: not the most traditional combination but a very interesting one. The mousse was very thick and more like a cold thick molten chocolate versus your usual airy mousse. I prefer the thicker mousses so I liked it and it paired surprisingly well with the sesame ice cream.
In sum: definitely a good lunch spot in Mayfair. Large menu with lots of indulgent pasta, but plenty of healthy alternatives too. Someone at the table ordered the burrata starter and it looked insanely good and it was a massively generous burrata – I must try that next time. They also make a sweet burrata for dessert that sounded compelling.
39-40 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JQ
+44 20 3205 1099