Assaggi

Address: 1st Floor, 39 Chepstow Place, London, W2 4TS, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7792 5501

- Expensive

4.7

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
4.7
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Food and drink
4.7
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4.2
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Relaxation

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