Grace Parry had a few giggles at Pescatori, Fitzrovia’s Italian restaurant with some of the best Aperol Spritz in town.
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We leisurely walk into Pescatori on a hot Friday lunchtime, passing through white washed arches into the chic restaurant, where walls embedded with smooth pebbles lent a more rustic touch to the otherwise elegant interior.
With its cosy booths adorned in sunset orange leather, a terrace perfect for people watching on Charlotte Street and dark wooden tables made for long dinners gossiping with friends, Pescatori was the ultimate neighbourhood restaurant with a sophisticated twist.
We perused the inordinately long Italian menu over-flowing with classic dishes and incredible seafood with a few Aperol Spritz in hand, spoilt for choice as to what to replace our standard lunchtime sandwiches with.
We first ordered a salmon tartare, which was more like a salad of rocket with chunks of lightly seared salmon, a scattering of chilli and a handful of capers in a light citrus dressing. The fish had a fresh flavour that was complimented by the hint of heat from the chillies and peppery rocket, but the capers added a little too much saltiness for me.
A perfectly balanced crab bruschetta was the ultimate simple starter,with a thick slice of toasted ciabatta, layered with silky avocado and rich crab butter, piled high with gorgeous crabmeat that was spiked with just a hint of chilli.
The phrase TGIF came to mind when choosing mains, as we both decided to be a little bit naughty and order some of that ultimate luxury lobster. We just couldn’t resist their lobster burger, a sophisticated twist on a casual classic. The firm textured patty made from lobster and crab was the taste of the sea personified, making it a much more refined version of its beefy cousin with a delicate seafood salsa and a subtle hit of soft herbs.
The lobster salsa thermidor, otherwise known as half a lobster smothered in punchy cognac, hot mustard and cream was baked to chewy perfection with heaps of meaty lobster swimming in the rich sauce. The slight spice from the mustard was balanced by the smooth cream and cognac, letting the delicate flavour of the fish shine through. I would have licked the shell if I weren’t in public.
We weren’t going anywhere when we saw the jaw dropping section of incredible desserts with Pescatori’s dessert menu in hand, with a light and fluffy blueberry cheesecake proving to be a creamy delight bursting with fresh berries. We also had the Gnocci di Latte, crescent moon shaped and packed with vanilla, these squidgy beauties of milk dumplings were a little like tiny baked vanilla custards, with a slight kick from the boozy sauce being all that was needed to round off this decadent lunch.
For more information visit pescatori.co.uk