Memorable modern Italian food is hard to come by in London for a vegetarian and I had high hopes for my next dining adventure. Osteria 60 is a fabulous new Italian restaurant located in the Bagaloni Hotel opposite Kensington Gardens.
Firstly, I want to point out the excellent service we received from the booking process until leaving the restaurant. Osteria 60 responded promptly to all emails and the staff were very friendly and attentive throughout the meal.
I happened to stumble across a TimeOut offer for a three course meal from the vegetarian menu at Osteria 60. I was immediately excited to try this because it’s not often there’s a separate menu dedicated to veggies at the finer eateries.
The restaurant is beautifully decorated – elegant with a stylish art deco twist. Statement necklaces hang on a couple of the walls which I loved! Being a jewellery lover, these immediately caught my eye. There is also a terrace seating area which would be great for summer (if we get one that is!).
The menu consists of contemporary Italian dishes by Chef Ivan Simeoli.
The warm bread and whipped butter we started with was divine. Could have eaten this all day!
Smoked beetroot salad
Spring minestrone with basil cracker
Garden pea soufflé with sea beets salad and black truffle
All of the dishes were presented beautifully using creative arrangements and vibrant colours. Fairly small portions and it seemed as if the main focus was on the presentation rather than creating memorable flavours that would entice diners to come back. I am all for playing with food presentation, however the taste didn’t live up to the wow factor (hearts in your eyes) you feel when the dishes are served.
I enjoyed the beetroot salad the most because the ricotta and beetroot complimented each other well. The pea soufflé was disappointing – the soufflé pieces were very small and hidden under a bed of leaves.
Parmagiana is one of my favourite dishes at Italian restaurants and I have never seen it done like this before. It was a whole baked aubergine stuffed with mozzarella. The parmigiana was generally bland and a bit dry. It could have done with some more tomato sauce.
Chocolate Mondrian – Delicious. Thin chocolate sponge layer, two chocolate blocks and ice cream. Lovely birthday plate!
Yoghurt and Strawberries – Pretty presentation but disappointing because the yoghurt wasn’t sweet enough for my tooth.
Osteria 60 is an exquisite restaurant to try for the atmosphere and stylish dining experience. While the staff were incredibly kind and I couldn’t fault the service, if I come back I would skip straight to dessert. The vegetarian dishes were lacking that something special I was hoping for.
Location: Kensington. Closest station – High Street Kensington
Perfect for: A special occasion, drinks, dinner, date night