Mister Lasagna Belgravia
23 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, W1J 0AD
020 7824 8385/misterlasagna.co.uk
I have to be honest. Lasagna is one of my guilty pleasures. It’s the sort of dish I used to cook and eat regularly when I was younger but as the waist thickens anything that doesn’t involve raw fish and pea shoots seems indulgent. However I have walked past the Soho branch of this new group a few times and looked with envy at the trays of pasta goodness whispering to me seductively. So when an invite arrived to review the third London Mr Lasagna in Belgravia my resolve collapsed.The story goes that the founder of Mister Lasagna, Alessandro Limone, moved from Naples to London in 2014 and missing the homemade pasta of his childhood started a market stall selling the squidgy squares. His restaurants now offer 24 freshly prepared lasagnas everyday, including bolognese, truffle, vegetable,carbonara, würstel & potato, ham & cheese, sausage & broccoli. Vegetarian options include spinach,artichoke, pumpkin & blue cheese,mushroom, pesto, arrabbiata and asparagus. You can also choose from nine complementary sauces to complete the dish: bolognese, béchamel, four cheese, pesto, spicy tomato, tomato and three new sauces, Siciliana (tomato with aubergine), Amatriciana (tomato with bacon, onion) and Meatball Ragù. To make matters even more disastrous for my waistline the menu includes two dessert lasagnas, Nutella and Oreo as well as cannoli, the ricotta stuffed pancakes. For those pretending that Lasagna can be a healthy option they supply a vegan version, and also 2 gluten free options: Bolognese and Vegetarian that are also dairy free. A selection of soups (pumpkin, potato and sweet potatoes), as well as fresh pasta with a selection of sauces completes the menu.The Belgravia site is unpretentious with simple wooden chairs and tables and is perfect for a quick pitstop or for a sit down waiting for a takeaway. We tried four of the offerings. The Bolognese had a richly flavoured ragu whilst The Carbonara was saltier filled with pancetta and Pecorino cheese. You could really taste the basil in the Pesto version And the succulent Vegetarian was built on a base of aubergine, courgettes and onions. We were so full that our dessert of white and dark chocolate cannoli was almost too much. But with Half portions at £3.50, Regular at £5.90 and the Trio at £7.80 you can afford to try out a few of the lasagnas to see which is your favourite.
Opening daily from 7:30am, Mister Lasagna serves fresh Italian coffee, sweet pastries and traditional savoury tarts for breakfast and during the rest of the day offers a refreshing alternative to other fast-food options.
There are three Mister Lasagna restaurants in London
Mister Lasagna Soho, 53 Rupert Street
Mister Lasagna Piccadilly, 5 Air Street
Mister Lasagna Belgravia, 23 Elizabeth Street
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