“ Address: 29 Ebury Street / Belgravia / London / SW1W 0NZ „
When visiting London to enjoy a show, the big question is whether to eat before or after. Most restaurants offer pre- and post-show reservations and menus, designed to ensure maximum enjoyment for the best value for money (bearing in mind how much you've probably already spent on tickets) in the time available before either the start of the show or your last train home. On this occasion the visit was with my wife and our daughter, to see "Wicked" (highly recommended; haven't seen a musical we've enjoyed so much in years), at the Apollo Victoria, opposite the mainline station. At the time of writing the Crossrail excavations mean that the forecourt to the station is a total nightmare. I did the usual, of consulting TripAdvisor for recommendations and there were quite a few. In the end I opted for Santini, as its name implies, an Italian restaurant on the corner of Ebury Street and Lower Belgrave Street, just around the corner from the station. It accepts booking, not that we were likely to find the place full at 6.00pm, their advertised time of opening in the evening. Still, better safe than sorry. I had pre-booked a table and selected the pre-show menu at £25 per head. When we arrived we were quickly shown to our table and offered menus for A la Carte and Pre-Show selections. However, we then discovered that the whole table musty select from one or the other, not just individual diners! We decided to go with the A la Carte menu as the Pre-Show menu did not have selections on which we could all agree. The manager assured us that even so they would make sure we were served and ready to go in time to get to the theatre. And so it proved, even with us selecting three courses. The food was excellent and in decent quantities. We were promptly served without ever feeling we were being rushed. The food here isn't cheap and for the three of us the bill came to just over £210, although that did include us choosing a pricey Greco di Tufo wine, as it was a special occasion, and a discretionary service charge (tip), which I didn't begrudge seeing as how well they had looked after us. I would certainly have no qualms about eating here again if we were in the area.