11 Dover St, W1S 4LH
020 7493 2652/www.pescatori.co.uk/
There are a couple of Pescatori restaurants, one in Charlotte St. (see our review) and a slightly smarter version in Dover Street. They are part of the Spaghetti House group but their menu is primarily pescatarian compared to the more traditional trattoria offer delivered by the rest of the group. The room has light wooden paneling,cream tiled floors and upholstery that brings out the browns and whites and feels very comfortable.
While Fiona from London Unattached and I checked out the menu we demolished some excellent olives and a glass of Prosecco Belstar from the Veneto (£7.50 for 175 ml).
It had a crisp citrus nose and floral aromas and was the perfect match for her Seafood Degustazione Platter (£18.50)-a generous platter of really fresh zinc- filled oysters, langoustines and razor clams.
Sardine Saor (£7.95) is a classic Venetian cichetti pairing some meaty sardines with a sweet-sour sauce of vinegar, onions and caperberries with a pea shoot garnish. It’s a dish I love and this didn’t disappoint.
Nasello (£18.50) was a plate of hake in a deliciously creamy sauce beautifully cooked with a British twist of black pudding.
Seppie in Umido (£18.95) was a substantial plate of cuttlefish in a tomato sauce on a bed of creamy polenta. It tasted very authentic so props to the Polish chef!
By this time we had moved onto a bottle of Vermentino Villa Solais Santadi-Sardegna 13% (£31). It is a blend of Vermentino and Sardinian grape Nuragus, has a deep amber colour and the herbal nose that is so typical of Sardinian wines.
Desserts were suitably calorific!
Caramello & Cioccolato (£6.50) did what it said on the tin whilst
Ciliege & Mandorle (£6.50) featured a cherry compote with almond biscuits.
Whilst not in the very top league of Italian restaurants in London, the Dover St Pescatori is more ambitious than you might expect from a group restaurant and is delivering delicious food at affordable prices.
The Hedonist was a guest of Pescatori.
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