Da Paolo Restaurant, London

Restaurant

A couple of days ago we went to watch War of the Workd in theatre, it was brilliant! 

Whilst there we wanted a niche little place to eat and we happened to stumble across the cute little Italian/Mediterranean place.

It was tiny, gally style with maybe the capacity to sit 30 people (although there was another equally sized room downstairs) and had a real rustic feel to it. The staff were friendly and prompt.

I opted for a duck pasta and Jones chose the special, monkfish risotto. My pasta was delightful, a thick, seemingly homemade pasta with a delicately flavoured creamy sauce which really let the strength of the duck come through. I can’t speak for Gav but there was a clean plate!

With a bottle of Chardonnay our bill came to £60, not bad for two in London.

If your around, pop in!

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EARLE by Simon Rimmer (Hale)

chicken, Duck, Foodie, Restaurant, Uncategorized

I recently had the immense pleasure of eating at one of Simon Rimmers restaurants, Earle in Hale, Cheshire.

I had never been before but had heard good things and as it’s right on my door stop I thought it was about time!

  
First impressions: It looks really small from the outside but actually it’s like a Tardis, when you get in it actually has a decent seating capacity.

Ambiance: I really liked the atmosphere in this restaurant, the decor was a quirky mix of wood and color and the lighting set a pleasant mood to relax in.

Food: I can say nothing bad! I had a chicken liver parfait to start which was creamy and delicious. The best bit about it however was that they got the proportions of parfait, bread and chutney spot on. Sometimes you find the bread portion is less than adequate, but not at Earle. For the main I had the duck which was divine. The meat was cooked to perfection and the sweet sticky sauce was so moorish, I wished I had bread left from my starter to mop up every drop! Finally I ended on a sticky toffee pudding which was out of this world. A soft sponge which was so light and airy that it seemed to dissolve in the mouth and a toffee sauce which actually makes me want to cry knowing I don’t have a gallon of it to drink right now.

Staff: They were quite busy when we went and I must say, a little disorganized. They couldn’t find our booking to start with but then realized they were looking on the wrong screen and despite confirming our pre orders, brought us menus. Really not huge problems but a little less than perfect.

Price: I wasn’t paying so I can’t say I actually looked at the price but whatever it was, I would have paid!

Overall: 9/10. It would have been 10 if not for the slight staffing issues. A nice place to be and really great food, a definite place to go.