I have been hearing how good Locanda Locatelli was for a long time but they closed down for a bit last year because of a fire and just recently reopened. My mother-in-law and her boyfriend were visiting from the US and they are quite conservative with food so we decided it was a great spot to take them.
The décor is plain, nothing very exciting and the restaurant was very busy on a Wednesday night.
Service could use some improvement. It was good but not great – it took forever to clean our table after we were done eating and sometimes our waiter just behaved strangely – he offered balsamic with our olive oil and then rushed off the table before asking our guests if they wanted any and little details like that kept occurring….
But the food was great and that was our main focus.
What we ate:
Broad bean and pecorino salad with arugula: the broad beans were tossed in a pecorino dressing that was not too heavy and were placed underneath a mound of fresh and bright arugula. On top of it all, a very think pecorino tuile.
Homemade potato dumplings with morel mushrooms: small little dumplings that looked more like chubby orecchiette swimming in a very light sauce with perfect morels generously doused on top and some chives for colour. So divine and simple!
Tagliatelle Pasta with kid goat ragù and chilli: this was probably the favourite among the pastas. The goat was braised and very tender and tossed in a light but very aromatic tomato sauce. Perfection!
Linguine with crab, tomato, garlic and sweet chilli: both my mother-in-law and her boyfriend ordered this dish. I always find it funny when two people in a couple order the same thing. But in this case they were both so glad they did as my mother-in-law professed it the best pasta she has ever had……It was indeed very good, the crab was fresh and light, the pasta was al dente and the chili gave it a nice kick. I still think the goat ragu pasta was even better but I am adventurous and she wouldn’t taste goat.
Chocolate and saffron fondant with milk ice cream: Stewart always teases me for loving chocolate but never ordering molten chocolate cakes. That is true as they are usually very cliché but in this case, I had to try as the saffron fontant was just unique and different sounding. And indeed it was – when I broke the cake (which was perfectly sized and not overwhelmingly large), yellow saffron goodness oozed out…which I rapidly caught in my spoon with some milk ice cream. Very good.
Tart of the day: was a yoghurt and berries tart which was light and delicate and fresh.
Gelato: we tried lots of flavours including three different sorbets and three gelatos. Best was the chocolate peanut followed by a croccanti with almond and amarena cherries.
Special note for the petit fours and the absolutely addictive amaretto cookies.
In sum: perfect pastas and yummy desserts in a somewhat boring setting and service could be slightly better. I would go back for sure and potentially sit at the bar with some pasta and a glass of wine. The wines by the glass were very well priced and both Stewart and I had a white and red that cost £7 each and were very good.
Locanda Locatelli http://www.locandalocatelli.com/
Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ