Assaggi

Price guide: Expensive

1st Floor, 39 Chepstow Place, London, W2 4TS

Price guide: Expensive

Small first floor dining room

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#14 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, Relaxation

Expert review of Assaggi

Competition is hot in London for my favourite Italian restaurant, but this one just nabs it.

Years ago I didn’t like Assaggi, finding it unwelcoming and pretentious, but over time we’ve both softened and these days it’s my preferred place for Saturday lunch.

Food and drink: 

Sardinian seasonal cooking, sometimes rustic, sometimes elegant (scallops with fregola salad, stuffed courgette flower). Listen for the specials – fresh crab maybe, with paper-thin celery dressed with lemon. I love their thick, grilled veal chop. Opt for the mash rather than the chips, which are standard-issue skinny fries. The house wine is £23 a bottle, but an excellent choice. I always finish with the cloud-soft vanilla bavarese topped with a shot of espresso – it’s gorgeous, and saves wanting to buy a round of coffee afterwards.

Ambience: 

Assaggi attracts an international crowd as well as wealthy locals. The décor is confidently understated, with painted orange walls and simple furniture – flowers and window boxes add prettiness.

Service: 

Staff are efficient and professional yet manage to make it all feel informal.

Location: 

Surprising: discreetly set above a pub on a primarily residential street, but in easy walking distance of Westbourne Grove’s fabulous shops.

Price advice: 

A three-course meal for two with side dishes and the cheapest wine will cost around £130.

More information on Assaggi:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian
Address:
1st Floor, 39 Chepstow Place, London, W2 4TS
Telephone:
020 7792 5501
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 12.30-2.30pm, 7.30-11pm; Sat 1-2.20pm, 7.30-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Sardinian

Have you been to Assaggi? Would you recommended it?