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10% Discount with Privilege Card from 11am to 7.30pm
10% Discount with Privilege Card from 11am to 7.30pm
50% off the food bill Monday through to Saturday

In an age when Italian-style fast food means having a quick plate of pizza or pasta, Vapiano takes things one step further and makes things fun and well, practically interactive....

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1 Blossom Street


Unsurprisingly located in Blossom Street – the bit of the City specialising in bulb investment and Chrsyanth futures perhaps? – Roberto Paddo’s restaurant has achieved its mission to bring good, simple Italian fare to the Square Mile.

Despite the obvious bias towards business lunches – it’s suit city at lunchtimes- it’s a simple, relaxed setting with a menu that manages to be unfussy, and bring an occasional twist to the standard Italian ingredients: the usual flavours are present and correct, but the assembly is slightly unexpected, such as the Poached Egg in a Parmesan basket with Crispy Bacon and Sauteed Potatoes (£7.60). The cheese, bacon and expertly sauteed potatoes – scream Italy but the poached egg gives a sense of novelty. Over-analysis aside, it’s just a great dish, that straddles the line between comfort eating and sensible.

Mains are appealingly straightforward, with an encouraging reliance on simple combinations such as Roasted Pork Chop with Rosemary Potatoes and Sauteed Spinach (£14.50) and Seabass and Cherry Tomato Risotto with Roquette (£13.50). Neither dish packed a surprise, but you can’t argue with good quality ingredients this well assembled.

Desserts – completely unnecessary but too tempting – were also well executed. Tiramisu with fresh berries (£4.50) gave a slightly healthy, surprisingly pleasant twist to this classic, while Fresh Fruit and Sorbet (£5) was a simple pleasure of big flavours.

Unpretentious hearty food at sensible prices. London could do with more such places.