To celebrate the birthday of my close friend we decided to go for a nice girly dinner at Clos Maggiore, which has actually been voted as the most romantic restaurant in London. After having a peak through the pictures online it was easy to see why! We had to book far in advance and we especially asked to be seated in the room with the flowers all around it. Who said you shouldn’t opt for romantic with your friends?
Evie – matching the background
After browsing through the menu, with our stomachs growling we couldn’t wait for our food to arrive. The atmosphere was lovely, really cosy and special. And surprisingly we weren’t surrounded by couples (well, not entirely!). The menus have been awarded three AA-rosettes since 2008 and the food has been influenced by Provence and Tuscany, so we were really looking forward to trying out as much as we possibly could.
The starter of choice was crab with smoked anchovy mayonnaise and chargrilled cauliflower.
Elena’s main course was baked globe artichoke with vegetables and truffle jam. So delicious and all the vegetables melted in your mouth.
Evie’s main was a roasted Iberico pork loin and confit pork cheek, with a potato and almond croquette, and a generous amount of stroganoff sauce on top. Even though I’m not a big meat eater and usually go for the veggie option – this was exceptional.
Just thinking about this dish makes me hungry! I had fresh pappardella, with truffle, mushrooms and parmesan in a truffle sauce. It was so delicious and I actually didn’t even manage to eat it all even though the portion wasn’t that big.
We actually had a chocolate millefueille before this assortment of sweets which were kindly provided by the restaurant, but I didn’t manage to take a picture as it disappeared within seconds after it arrived on our table! I can say though it was delicious, different from the traditional millefueille, it had a chocolate and peanut butter rice krispy kind of base with a chocolate mousse on top and pecan nut ice cream on the side. The sweets were chocolate and peanut butter, rosewater jelly and white chocolate with a passion fruit filling, which was definitely my favourite out of the three.
Oh and of course my new vintage white coat, which I’m absolutely in love with. And Elena in her Twohuntingpearls coat.
As a final note, the restaurant was truly lovely, and I would recommend it for a romantic dinner (or lunch) or for a special occasion. They also have special pre and post-theatre menus which would also be a good idea.
33 King Street, Covent Garden,
Tel. 020 7379 9696
Picture credit: Personal