Cafe Monico, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D

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Recently we decided to try the newest offering from Soho House Group, Cafe Monico. We were very surprised at how easy it was to get a reservation. Saying that, we did go on a Wednesday for a late lunch, so perhaps it might have been a busier service earlier in the day. 

The restaurant is situated on Shaftesbury Ave, close to Theatreland making it a viable choice for a pre-theatre meal. We arrived with a few minutes to spare but the friendly hostess was able to seat us straight away. The restaurant is set over two floors, with the lower for more casual dining. We opted to sit upstairs by the window so we had a view of the street and also a view of the whole restaurant.

Service is swift, friendly and staff are on hand to give their recommendations. We started with the Burrata and Tomato salad, followed by Ricotta Ravioli and ending with one of their ‘coupes’ (A sundae). The burrata was delicious; so fresh and ever so light. The only negative we had was that the pesto was slightly salty. The Ricotta Ravioli was also beautiful with the pasta itself not too heavy and the filling perfectly seasoned. We weren’t sure if the cherry tomatoes were a great match though as we’d hoped for one stand out flavour, however none came through. Individual components were great, but as a complete dish, it could do with some fine tuning. 

The coupe was the highlight. We opted for the coffee and chocolate one (the only chocolate-related dessert on the menu we might add). Small brownie pieces with coffee ice-cream, chocolate ice-cream and Chantilly cream. Heaven. We loved every mouthful.

Overall a great new addition to theatre-land and with their various menu offerings (including breakfast and brunch), we think it will do very well indeed. 

Cafe Monico

39-45 Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 6LA

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