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An Absolute Must
Da Mario (London)
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Da Mario (London)
Date: 07/11/12, updated on 07/11/12 (32 review reads)
Advantages: Food, service, area
Disadvantages: No pizza
This place was booked by mistake instead of a large restaurant nearby with a similar name. This happened to be an excellent mistake made!
This Italian restaurant is in the Covent Garden area with an address of:
63 Endell Street
When we arrived we were told our table for 14 wasn't quite ready and had to wait outside in the cold for a very short time of a couple of minutes. This was my only problem and in fairness to the restaurant we were a little late for our booking due to some people who like to take an age getting dolled up.
We were led inside by a really friendly waiter who showed us to our table in the middle of the restaurant. The size of the restaurant was a bit deceptive due to a wall of mirrors, we'd been sat for quite some time before we realised it was our reflection and not another dining area.
There was still a good amount of tables which were nicely spaced out and there was feeling of being sat on top of one another or waiters squeezing by etc.
The decor was really lovely, it was modern whilst still being comfortable and not bare and everything was sparkling clean as were the glasses and cutlery.
I was surprised to find no pizzas on the menu in an Italian restaurant but I was informed by a fellow diner that this is not uncommon these days.
I would advise anyone who needs glasses to take them. The larger writing with the name of the dishes is in bold Italian writing and the English description is fairly small and hard to read.
The vegetarian in our group was delighted with the amount of options available for her. They also offer gluten free pasta if required.
Starters varied in price from around £6-11. Choices included a salmon dish, scallops, brie, tuna and one or two meat options.
We skipped starters, asking for sides to share instead getting a few plates of bruschetta and garlic bread.
Mains were between £8-15. There was again a good selection of meat (chicken, steak, veal) or seafood (prawns, lobster, mixed) as well as vegetarian which seemed to be mainly pasta (tomato pasta, spinach and ricotta ravioli).
A good selection under £5, there was a choice of cakes, doughnut, ice cream, crepes and more.
I asked the waiter for his advice I told him I normally would opt for a carbonara (might be a bit dull but I love it) and I asked if anything had a creamy sauce. To which he replied that if I want carbonara, I get carbonara. Big smiles :) :). He also asked what type of pasta I would like, spoilt for choice I eventually decided on tagliatelle.
What I really liked was that we didn't once feel rushed, he gave us the menus, filled our glasses with drinks and were left in peace. I cannot stand being rushed!
I cannot rave enough about the food, firstly it all came together and was all piping hot and in warm dishes and plates.
We ordered a couple of sides to share between the table instead of starters as we didn't want too much. The garlic bread and bruschettas were very good and just the light bite we needed before the main.
These arrived a few minutes after the starters were cleared away and I felt it was perfect timing, a few minutes to have a chat and a sip of your drink but not waiting what seems like hours between courses.
I got plenty of my beloved parmesan and there were plenty of sauces and condiments so nobody had to ask for anything.
As far as my carbonara, it's a relatively simple dish which can often be a little bland, this was not. It was the best carbonara I have ever eaten and I've eaten a lot of them! There was plenty of beautiful ham in it and the sauce was a lovely thick, creamy consistency without being too rich.
Another couple of our table ordered lasagne which were a great size, they were served in very traditional looking dishes and looked and tasted fantastic, I had to try a bit of one and again, the nicest I've tried.
Three people ordered steak, each cooked differently to order and each to perfection, they each ordered a side of delicious rustic roast potatoes which again I had to try.
Every one of the fourteen of us absolutely raved about the food and the portions were a really good size. We all found ourselves forcing the others to try a bite of our own as they were so nice.
I'm not a dessert person, I was tempted to order one just because I knew after the other courses that whatever I ordered was going to be fantastic.
I had to restrain myself though as I was full from my other courses and from picking at others' dishes.
Two people ordered desserts, a tirimasu and a lemon cheesecake, as expected they said they were delicious.
PRICE AND OVERALL EXPERIENCE
I think the price was around £25 per head. The majority of this was main courses and a lot of alcohol.
For the quality of the food and the absolutely fantastic service from the waiters and the lovely couple managing the place this is an absolute bargain! I would advise anybody visiting the area to skip the chain restaurants and many other Italian restaurants around as this one is a must! I think booking would be necessary as it isn't that large. The next time I am planning to visit the area I think booking here would be my top priority over anything!
6 Stars! :)
The toilets were down some pretty steep stairs which is something to take into account for those with mobility issues. They weren't as nice as the rest of the restaurant but were clean and adequate.
I wouldloveto add pictures!
Their website is da-mario.co.uk
Summary: The best Italian I have ever been to