Sunday Lunch at Tartufo

You may remember my recent visit to No. 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel

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And its very pretty dining room …

TartufoAs well as the wonderful private dining al fresco space.

TartufoWell last weekend I returned to the hotel but this time to visit its restaurant Tartufo, for some Sunday lunch.

Given how off the beaten track this restaurant is: not only is it not visible from the street as it sits cosily downstairs in the hotel, but the hotel itself is not on a main road. Yet, all the tables were taken on a bank holiday weekend when most locals are usually out of town. This was indeed a good sign before we had even sat down.

The Tartufo Sundays set menu: £45 for five courses and a constant flow of wine, offered an array of choices for all palates.

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As we sipped our white wine and entertained baby boy in his high chair, I looked around to see who else was in the room: couples, another family and girlfriends catching up. This was certainly a mixed crowd and everyone looked very comfortable as they took their time with each of their courses. There was a very relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

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After the bread arrived …

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We were brought a selection of antipasto misto, which included cuts of cured meats …

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… arancini with parmesan …

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… and crostini with aubergine & thyme, Taggiasche olives, rosemary and cheese pan fritto.

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For our primi, the OH chose the risotto di Primavera, which included asparagus, broad beans and peas risotto with parmesan crisp and veal jus …

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… whilst I had the Raviolo ‘Pancetta & Uovo’, which was ‘bacon & eggs’ ravioli with fresh ricotta, egg yolk, pancetta and brown butter and sage. Both were very tasty and I really enjoyed trying the OH’s dish.

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For Secondi, the OH had the Agnello Arrosto ‘del Tartufo: herb roasted leg of lam with lamb jus …

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… whilst I had a whole roasted sea bream with garlic fresh herbs and blood orange. This fish was exceptional and cooked to perfection. I could have it again right now, even though it is eight o’clock on a Sunday morning. The memory of eating this dish is a very pleasant one.

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Our mains arrived with a selection of colourful vegetables, which made me feel like I was being very healthy indeed. I’ve heard that the more colour there is on your plate, the better. So this vibrant palette of a dish really hit the mark and balanced out the delicious indulgence that was yet to come. Tartufo

By now, baby boy was getting quite restless. He wanted to go exploring and so we asked if we could have the cheese with our desserts. The cheese board included a selection of soft and hard Italian cheeses, garnishes and artisan toast.

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For dessert, the OH ordered the Butterscotch Budino, which was sea salt, caramel sauce and whipped cream which he thoroughly enjoyed.

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And I had the Bombolini Leggeri with berry marmellata and lemon curd, which I absolutely loved. And yes, after sharing a couple of pieces, I finished the rest off, no problemo.

TartufoThroughout our meal, the very friendly and polite staff continued to fill our glasses with wine. And whilst I’m not sure which red wine we were served, all I can say it was amazing. I love a good wine that you want to take your time sipping. It’s not about volume but about the depth flavour.

But our overall experience at Tartuffo wasn’t quality over quantity. With five courses, you enjoy both: a hearty Italian meal that surprisingly felt light throughout. It was a great delight.

Disclosure: We were guests of the restaurant but this hasn’t skewed my favourable opinion of the food and service. You only have to go to Tartufo’s website to see all the other praise this hidden gem has received: www.tartufolondon.co.uk.

3 Comments

  1. May 11, 2014 / 9:28 am

    Fabulous! I’ve always been curious what the No 11 Cadogan Arms Hotel had to offer. It’s on my MUST DO LIST! The Butterscotch Budino looks amazing, as does everything else. It looks like it’s very well priced also.

    • Chelsea Girl
      May 11, 2014 / 9:36 am

      I think you’ll definitely enjoy it. And the great thing about the dining room is that it’s so light and feels so airy. Such a lovely place to dine and the service is so lovely too. Enjoy!

  2. May 14, 2014 / 10:56 pm

    Beautiful Italian food is almost impossible to beat, and it looks gorgeous here, just the place to relax over several courses.
    It’s fantastic that they are happy to accommodate little ones too, not always a guarantee with restaurants in London.

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