The scene: Every now and then you stumble upon a gem of a restaurant buried in the maze of streets that is London.
My friend and I find Babbo while wandering around Mayfair on a cold autumn evening. It’s a classy-looking establishment; the crisp white tablecloths and chandeliers adding a touch of formality to an otherwise rustic-Tuscany-meets-modern style.
The menu: The dishes are authentically Italian – from fine meats and cheeses to a vast array of pastas and fish.
My starter is Caprese di burrata e basilico; a fresh Italian cheese which is made from mozzarella and cream, served with tangy tomatoes and basil. It’s delicious.
Lynne opts for the Calamari fritti. The fresh, meaty fried squid and crispy batter also get the thumbs up. For my main, I ask for a pasta and tomato dish – and that’s exactly what I get – linguine in a rich, red sauce – although I was hoping for the chef to be more adventurous.
Lynne’s dish, however, more than meets her expectations – succulent grilled king prawns served with marinated tomatoes and aubergine.
For dessert I order the mango cheesecake, which is creamy and divine, while my friend goes for a fresh fruit plate, bursting with colour.
I also have a glass of my favourite red wine – a Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (£7). Bellissimo!
Bill please: Starters from £7.50, mains from £9.75 and desserts from £5.50.
Verdict: Perfect for a classy night out.
39 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JQ
0203 205 1099
Tube: Green Park
Review: Carol Driver