In a nutshell: Angela Hartnett’s latest Italian restaurant was decent
Angela Hartnett’s latest Italian restaurant opened on 33 St James’s Street (close to Green Park stn) with 75 covers and a 12-seater dining bar. I went for lunch on their first opening day and it was already packed. Service was occasionally slow between courses but overall impressively smooth on their first day. Food was decent across the board, pasta was great, meat was cooked perfectly and I loved the truffle arancini!
Unexpectedly, the crowd was rather mixed than solely business men but St James’s Street has a fair share of private banks so things could change. The restaurant was busy and more noisy as you walk towards the end but quite a good setting.
Two of us billed £80. The antipasti were about £9 a portion and pasta about £10ish, secondi from £15, except the rib eye at £65 for 800g. They also have a good list of Italian wines.
Food was good across the board, split into 4 sections: cicheti (nibbles to share), antipasti, primi and secondi. The truffle arancini (cicheti) was rightfully rich and earthy, though a bit oily. The warm octopus was very tender (antipasti). From the primi, the wild boar fettuccine was simple yet full of flavour from the meat. Risotto Milanese, osso buco was bold with the rich bone marrow and a very creamy risotto. Meats were good too, the lamb rump was cooked to a beautiful pink colour. Overall, I think the food was really decent and mostly everyday Italian dishes.
Truffle arancini - £3
Warm octopus, chickpeas & pesto - £9.5
Wild boar fettuccini - £9.5/£13.5
Risotto Milanese, osso buco - £11.5/16.5
Lamp rump, coco beans, pancetta, celery, salsa verde - £18.5
Closed Tube: Piccadilly / Green Park
33 St James’s Street
London SW1A 1HD
020 3371 5559