So it’s nearly Taste Of London time again and what better than to head to one of it’s favorite restaurants, L’anima.
I’ve known Francesco the Owner for several years now and he is certainly a vibrant, full of life character, he had headed back to the homeland for his Easter holidays and left Chappers and I in the very capable hands of his staff, what a treat.
I would say that 99% of his staff are Italian, very passionate and seriously knowledgeable. We were greeted and shown to the bar area where an array of snacks arrived to wet our appetites, gladly welcomed as we had both held off on our food intake that day to prepare! Along with a surprise visit from Luca Terraneo, Head chef, the night started very well.
The restaurant is huge, open and very white, this could be mistaken to sound clinical but quite the opposite I would say elegant and stylish.
In the restaurant you can see all the action in the kitchen through the giant windows adding to the atmosphere and bringing the open space to life.
Now to the food, of course Chappers and I went for the tasting menu, described as ‘A journey through Southern Italian gastronomy’ how could we resist, with the wonderful softly spoken sommelier at our side, matching food with wine and getting us slowly but surely sozzled!
I’ve had courgette flower before but never with baccala and it’s beautiful, a delicate mouthful with the anchovy and chilli compote coming through to create a layered taste explosion. I opted out of the black truffle which I am 100% sure makes this dish so the simple tortelli was well made but, well simple, however better that I wasn’t sick on their beautiful white linen!
Now the Octopus rocked my mouth, I loved the smoked ricotta fighting through the perfectly cooked octopus meat. By the time the rabbit arrived I was starting to feel pretty full to be honest but the tender meat and country style casserole veg won the battle, it really did melt in my mouth.
Finishing with the light pistachio icecream and some really good desert wine, I just wanted to die and go to heaven.
My advise is to go, have the tasting menu, experience Southern Italian Gastronomy accompanied by specifically chosen wines but what ever you do, don’t order a second desert wine it just tips you over the edge. Ha ha totally worth it ;-)
Diver Scallop, courgette flower stuffed with baccala, anchovy sauce & chilli compote
Wine; Gavi Oro, La Scolca
Stracciatella & ricotta tortelli, brown butter & norcia black truffle
Wine; Montecarlo Bianco Fattoria Michi
Octopus A La Plancha with cannellini beans & ricotta mustia
Wine; Lugana, Ca’Lojera
Wine; Pinot Nero, Franz Haas
Liquorice Zabaglione with pistachio icecream
Wine; Vin Santo Di Montecarlo, Fattoria Michi