Aug 27 2014

L’Anima Café


A lot of my colleagues think that L’Anima is one of the best Italian restaurants in London. L’Anima is located in the city, it is a very elegant restaurant where the main chef Francesco Mazzei serves his contemporary Italian food. L’Anima Café is a sister restaurant to L’Anima and it recently opened and serves equally delicious Italian food but more casual for half the price in a less formal environment. You don’t have to book L’Anima Café (but can, which is what I did) and the space is very big, equally bright as L’Anima with a deli selling delicious Italian food and a bar located on the premises as well, besides the restaurant.

I came here with my very good friend Paul for lunch on a Wednesday and the menu was divided into antipasti, primi, secondi, contorini, insalate and pizza and we decided to order a few things from various sections and then share. At first the rocket salad with aged balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese arrived as well as the Puglian burrata served with mixed roast peppers and anchovies. The anchovies added that extra needed kick to the burrata, as with just peppers it was quite mild in flavor and I did like it, but I think I prefer the more classic burrata and tomato combination. The rocket salad was good, with big chunks of delicious parmesan and also very good balsamic vinegar, the thick sort of balsamico. Paul really enjoyed the ricotta and herb cannelloni that also arrived with the two previous mentioned dishes. They were very creamy, soft and tasty, a very very good cannelloni dish.

We had also ordered a sea salt coated sea bream from the secondi section, Calabrese pizza from the pizza section (with tomato, mozzarella, chilli, spicy salami, n’duja, watercress) and stuffed peppers as a side. I was a bit disappointed with the sea salt coated sea bream as I expected the fish to be brought to us coated in salt and then the salt crust to be broken and for us to eat it, but instead we were given a small fillet of fish with some salsa. It did taste succulent, so I believe this was sea salt baked fish, but it would have been nice to see it. Having said that we only paid £15.5 so I guess for this sort of price this is what you would expect, as a proper sea salt coated sea bream baked whole costs around £50 upwards. The pizza was very very very good. Up there with the best pizzas you can find in London. Thin, crispy, topped with a lot of delicious ingredients. I was not too keen on the stuffed peppers though, the taste did not work for me.

I actually really liked L’Anima Café. The food is similar to food in Polpo, small interesting plates to share, but better quality (Polpo has a more fun vibe though). Also you get good ingredients from a very wide and interesting menu and don’t pay L’Anima prices.

Date: 27/ 08/ 14
Price for 2 people, no alcohol, with service charge: £76.05
Location: City

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L’Anima Café
10 Appold Street EC2A 2AP
United Kingdom
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