“ Address: 62 Goodge Street / London / W1T 4NE / England „
In these credit crunched times we're all after a bargain, aren't we? I have to admit I rarely eat out these days without taking advantage of some kind of special offer and our visit to Ooze Risotteria was no exception, allowing us to have 2 main meals for the price of 1. The 2 for 1 offer was available at the time I booked through www.toptable.co.uk , or was available direct with the restaurant - see their website, http://www.ooze.biz/Deals-Goodge.html for any current offers. My boyfriend is a big fan of risotto, so when I was looking for a restaurant in the Goodge Street area this ticked a lot of boxes for us - reasonably priced and ideal location for where we were headed later that evening. It's only a minute's walk from Goodge Street tube station, or a 5-10 minute walk from my office in Soho, so nice and centrally located. Having visited their website, I note they also have a branch at Westfield shopping centre so an ideal place to take that shopping weight off your feet!
From the street it looks trendy but warm and inviting - not at all pretentious and offputting as so many 'modern' style places can be. The decor is fairly casual, almost cafe style dining, and we were shown through to the back of the restaurant which has some nice leather lined benches and modern style tables and chairs and a quirky mural across the back wall depicting characters saying random Italian phrases such as "ciao" or "risotto". We found this quite weird and funny - can you imagine ever just passing someone in the street and saying "risotto"?!We were sat on a table next to another couple but the tables had enough space between them so that you didn't feel uncomfortably close (it's so often the case in London that they try to pack as many people in as possible) and the atmosphere was relaxed but given that we dined fairly early there was a nice buzz to the place.
The waitress appeared nice and early to take our drinks orders. Given that we were having a free main meal I went for a Bellini and boyfriend had a Peroni. Drinks arrived promptly and were delicious.
The menu is Italian based, with a larger than usual focus on Risotto - hence the name! There is a range of pasta dishes, including Spaghetti with clams, mussels, squid, and tiger prawns, Spaghetti Bolognese, Lasagne - all the classics . Meat and fish dishes include Pan fried breast of chicken with lemon and trebbiano, Pan fried breast of chicken with wild mushrooms and trebbiano, Fresh tuna (cooked rare) with fresh tomatoes, peppers and olives. There was a specials board and we opted for one of the specials as our starter to share - bruschetta. When it arrived, we were shocked at how large it was and glad we had opted to share! We had 3 different toppings on the toasted ciabatta - roasted tomato and basil, mushroom and stilton, and parma ham and cheese - all of which were delicious. For our mains, we both opted for the same dish - Salmone affumicato, smoked salmon risotto with parsley - which arrived as a bowl of steaming hot deliciousness. I think risotto has to be one of the best comfort foods around and this hit the spot perfectly - lovely and creamy, with lots of taste to it (nothing worse than a bland risotto!) The boyfriend (Mr massive risotto fan!) found his a little too creamy, but for my sweet tooth it was perfect. I did note in the menu though that you could request the risotto to be made without cream, or with less cheese if you were dieting, so something to bear in mind if you are not a fan of creamy risottos, or are watching your weight. The menu as a whole puts the focus on simple, unfussy but delicious food and according to their website the menu is changed regularly.
The service was very good - friendly without being overly so, prompt, and efficient. We were never left waiting for anything for any length of time and yet never felt rushed through the meal. When it came to getting the bill, it had been noted when we booked that we were dining using their special offer and the discount was added without us having to ask. Not so for the couple next to us, who had booked direct with the restaurant and had to request that their discount was added.
The final bill came in at £27, which is pretty good value for a meal for 2 in central London including drinks (£11) and a starter (£6.25). However, had we not been taking advantage of the special offer I do think that the final bill would have felt expensive. After all, £10 for a bowl of risotto, even with smoked salmon in it, is certainly not cheap! Having said that, I've not looked on their website since and not seen some kind of offer available, making Ooze Risotteria well worth a visit.
62 Goodge Street
Authentic Italian food.