Date nights are always more exciting when your reservation turns out to be for the wrong day. Leading to us finding a more intimate, steamy windowed ristorante.
The Mayfair branch is split across two floors, the lower level giving the feel of a wine cellar, covered in fine oak and the upper floor buzzing around the few cosy tables, cured meat hanging in a window and wines stacked high behind the bar, their embellished chests glinting in the warm light.
The food menu is short but ever so sweet and everything looks absolutely delicious full of small plates perfect for piling up and sharing.
Staying true to their name, Enoteca is the italian word for the local wine shop, their wine list is a stark contrast to the food menu, being extensive and chock full of big Italian hitters as well as a few up and coming vineyards.
We went for antipasti selection to start – various italian artisan breads topped with heaps of prosciutto, salami’s and parma hams. The bread was smothered in olive oil with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt making it deliciously more-ish!
To follow we had a selection of the specials.
Burrata – now this has been a favourite since our visit to Barletta. Burrata originally was looked at as the poor man’s mozzarella, it’s slowly making a name for itself, with plump appearance, light creamy texture and rich taste – I’ve even spotted it in Waitrose.
Melt in your mouth salt brisket, accompanied with a bright and tangy piccalilli.
Braised Pigs cheeks was a bit of a wild card, but it definitely stole the show. Slow cooked and seeping with flavour.
Their flourless chocolate brownie is the gooiest brownie you will ever have the pleasure of devouring, accompanied by a hazlenut sauce and crumb and covered in pillows of hazlenut cream, it’s like a sophisticated nutella party in your mouth!
After this visit Enoteca da luca can do no wrong in my eyes, specialising in small plates of fresh seasonal produce. Focusing on the small details of each plate certainly has paid off, with delicate balances of flavour, complimenting any combination on the menu.
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