So a few days ago I was planning a meet up with a very good friend of mine from my ballet class. I gladly took the responsibility of choosing a restaurant as our meeting up venue. Now, this sort of task can be daunting sometimes, because it has to represent your understanding of quality food as much as anything else. The fact that the place will have to make everyone feel pleasant also would add on extra pressure. After conducting an extensive amount of research, alas, I finally found the one! Highly recommend it to you, particularly if you live or work around Victoria underground station.
Estimated cost per person: £30-40, if your eyes are not bigger than your belly
Location: 5 minutes walk away from Victoria station
Dress code: Smart Casual, this is my personal recommendation, but it is your choice really as casual wear should still be fine. Better not to wear tracksuit though
Ambiance: relaxing, great place for socalising purposes; elegant, so if you want to talk business after work it is a perfect option too
Decor: Morden, Brown and yellow as the dominant hues, Rustic
Plates: Earthy style, Wood – Apologies if it is me being fussy, but I personaly do very much care about the plates and culteries used by restaurants. To me earthy styled plates is always one of the top choices
Service Level: Superb – I have a lot to comment on this one. I was impressed by the service even before I stepped in the restaurant. When I was making the booking for dinner, the earliest timeslot was 8.30pm which would be a little too late based on our daily routines. It is a positive sign in a way I guess, that it must be a popular restaurant amongst public. I still made the reservation though, just in case even this timeslot would have all been booked up by the time I decided to. Anyway, I phoned up the restaurant to see if would be feasible to accommodation the booking for 7pm. A bit cheeky I know as it was a very last minute booking, but the lovely staff were so helpful that they managed to get a table for me at the bar and made sure that it would be all set for us before our arrival. Hurrah~
It’s like Tapas – small plates to share. It is recommended to order 2 or 3 plates each.
Tuna tartare, chili, lime & rocket
Buffalo ricotta ravioli, black truffle
Slow cooked lamb shoulder, crushed Jerusalem artichokes, jus
Ox cheek, girolles, mash potato
And more – I just cannot remember now oopsy daisy…
Pear & chocolate tart, fiordilatte ice cream I loved all of the dishes we ordered I have to say. Generally speaking, the food is very light and prepared to perfection. You won’t feel like a ballon that’s ready to take off after finishing a few plates. I know that it might be the easiest plate to prepare in Italian cuisine, but oddly enough I really think the ravioli was my favourite. It is creamy yet very refreshing, and I certainly appreciated every mouthful of it!
A Few Shots:
(Pictures from: http://www.tozirestaurant.co.uk/gallery)
Lesson Learnt: Use my own lens for the next restaurant review!
If you ever pop in there, please let me know what you think afterwards 😛