Restaurant review: Strada, N1

Strada, on Upper Street

Strada, on Upper Street - Credit: Archant

Strada seems to be everywhere - nary a high street in London can be negotiated without passing one. For that reason alone I’ve tended to steer clear, but when they launched a new menu I ducked in and found out for the second time recently that you write chains off at your peril.

We went for the full tasting menu and there is a lot to get through; it’s a real belly-buster.

It took us a while just to get through the plump olives, hand-stretched garlic bread with a big hit of rosemary and the obligatory antipasto selection; complete with tangy tepenade, smooth mozzeralla and salty parma ham.

The next course consisted of a subtle sausage based stozzapreti and a dense, slightly sweet squash risotto.

Hardly pausing for breath we ploughed through and excellent vegetarian pizza with creamy goat cheese and a crisp, crucnchy base before we tackled a dark, toothesome pork fillet decadently topped with parma ham.

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By the time we’d polished off the triumphant whole sea bream, stuffed with lemon and herbs to flavour the tender flesh, we couldn’t even manage dessert

In short - impressive and enticingly cheap. If Strada weren’t a chain, I’m pretty sure I’d be telling people about this little gem I’d discovered.

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Jon Dean

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