She says: Situated on Bermondsey St, amongst the cluster of warehouse conversions, hip after work pubs and cocktail bars (The Garrison, Wool Pack, The Hide, Village East) and some our favourite food haunts that we visit on lazy weekends (Zucca, Jose & Pizarro) – we decide to try Antico, one of the newer local eateries in His neighbourhood. We’ve always peered inside on our way to do our occasional Sainsburys’ run in Bermondsey Square – the restaurant usually seems alive, bustling with lots of noise and smells of rustic Italian cuisine – like an Italian nonna would make! We later discover that Antico hosts an ‘Acoustic Night’ every Wednesday in the downstairs cocktail bar and Mojito Thursdays for 4 quid (more reasons to come back and visit!). He decided to make a dinner booking here for His sister who came to London for a two week holiday from Canada. Another excuse to try a new restaurant, but beware of the expanding tummy!
While the freshly made pasta & risotto sounds absolutely divine, I opt for two lighter seafood options for my starter and main:
Scallop carpaccio with chives and lime dressing (£8)
Pan Roasted Wild Sea Bream, Tomatoes, Capers, Olives & Spinach £15
The verdict: Antico has wooed me for it’s modern take on Italian cuisine… with simple, uncomplicated flavours all round. The freshness of the scallops was heightened by the lime juice and chives. Personally, I’m glad the chef had not used too many sauces to overpower the dish, instead concentrating on bringing out the texture and natural taste of the scallop itself. The fish was perfectly cooked with a golden crispy skin and was garnished with cherry tomatoes, capers and olives – almost like a tapenade, adding a little bit of punch and zest. The only critique would be that the spinach was a little too overcooked for my liking. On observation, the restaurant seemed filled with families and couples. We found the service to be pleasant and friendly, plus the meal was great value! Thanks to the 50% discount by using our trusty ‘Taste of London’ card (the first time we had actually used it!), it worked out to be approx 50 quid for 3 people including a couple of starters to share (the burrata is another must have!), a main each, dessert to share and 2 glasses of wine… we were CHEERING #WHENINLONDON style :) If you haven’t got your hands on one of these then book yourself via Toptable as they have the same 50% off deal running until the end of October.
Address: 214 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
Phone: 020 740 7468