Well aren’t you all long overdue a post from me. I do apologise, can’t believe how quickly the months are flying by! So let’s give you a good’un to get things rolling again. My dedicated supper club partner in crime, Lexi, and I went down to the soft launch of Palatino in Clerkenwell.

The man behind this Rome-inspired Italian restaurant is Stevie Parle. This is actually his fifth restaurant after previous successful openings of Dock Kitchen, Rotorino, Craft London and Sardine, so you can rest assured he knows his stuff. The setting for his latest is slightly bizarre in that it is connected to smart serviced offices in the ever so trendy Clerkenwell.

The decor is classy and minimalistic but feels strange popping down to the unisex toilets which are shared with the offices. We went in the evening so the offices were closed but you can imagine it will be a buzzy vibe in the day with people coming and going. Rather luxurious ‘canteen’ to have downstairs in your office!

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We were lucky enough to be there for the soft launch week so it was 50% off all food, which meant we went for all the food. All the dishes on the menu can be enjoyed to yourself or are even better when shared. First up to nibble on were the Supplì with wild mushroom and mascarpone. Gorgeous little crispy balls. The waiter then came over to apologise for the delay in the food (which we hadn’t noticed) since the chef turned back one of the dishes as he wasn’t happy with it. So to say sorry they bought a plate of speck, finocchiona & coppa which was very lovely of them indeed.

Now onto the main event, three of the pasta primi courses. Heavenly ravioli with spinach & squash then the gorgeous bombolotti, ragu ‘Marcella’. Then onto my winner of the evening, the ever so simple Tonnarelli cacio e pepe. Just so simple but ever so tasty, simple thin spaghetti with cheese and pepper, that’s it.

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We then finished our mains by sharing the onglet steak, salsa rossa piccante and a side of borlotti beans.

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It was a lovely meal, really good simple Italian food on offer. Always hard though as so many of these restaurants in London all doing equally fantastic food. Even with Luca just down the road which was an absolute winner. If you are in the neighbourhood do give Palatino a try though.

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