Today we are in London visiting the William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain and to watch Rhys Ifans appear in the play ‘On Bear Ridge’ at the Royal Court Theatre. However, between the exhibition and the play, we are heading to Enoteca Turi for lunch. Enoteca Turi is an independent Italian restaurant that specialises in authentic regional cuisine using traditional seasonal ingredients.
On arrival we are greeted by restaurant manager Cesare and shown to our table. I order a bottle of Moretti while we study the menu. Freshly baked sourdough and focaccia bread, crispy breadsticks and a full flavoured olive oil are also delivered to our table. Rock decides to have the lightly salted cod fishcakes with deep fried courgettes and a pepper preserve as her starter. The fishcakes are great – densely packed with cod and the courgettes are coated in a light, tempura like batter.
I have the pan-fried sardines filled with pecorino, garlic and parsley and served with cime di rapa, datterini tomato salsa and breadcrumbs. The dish is everything I hoped it would be – perfectly cooked sardines with a fabulous salsa, fragrant winter greens and the crunch of fried breadcrumbs. Another bottle of Moretti and I’m ready for the main course.
Rock has decided to have the Candele di Gragnano ‘alla Genovese’ with an organic beef and onion ragu. The candele is a large tube shaped pasta which Rock finds a little uninteresting and the slow-cooked ragu, with added parmesan, is good but not great. I have the roast rack of lamb with Sicilian caponatina and homemade crisps (see featured image). The lamb is beautifully cooked but could have been warmer, the crisps are outstanding but I’m not a particular fan of the caponatina.
We have excellent coffee served with fabulous amaretti to finish.
Likes: Fantastic service from Cesare and his team who aim and succeed in delivering a genuine slice of Italy in the centre of London. Wonderful breads and incredible starters. Great amaretti biscuits.
Gripes: My lamb could have been hotter and Rock’s candele dish could have been a little more exciting.