Qvintessenza may not be the easiest of names to pronounce (I think the ‘Q’ is silent), but it’s an easy place to like. It’s a new Italian restaurant in Borough, which sits on the quieter end of Borough High Street. Inside the styling is finely crafted bright and modern. Italian food in London has upped its game over the years what with the likes of Polpo, Padella Pasta and Locanda Locatelli putting modern Italian cooking firmly on the London map.
Burrata and Parma Ham
The food at Qvintessenza is very much Venetian inspired and uses Italian-made products and producers. The food is plentiful and portion sizes very generous. Many of the dishes could easily be shared between two. Silky, sweet Parma ham is full of flavour you can taste the love that went into the making if it. Springy, yielding Burrata is dreamy. Sardines in Saor is a must try and comes in the seafood platter. It’s a very traditional Venetian dish of sardines doused in vinegar and sautéed onions and found in bars and eateries all over Venice. It has a very strong taste, but is also very good.
King Prawns, Scallop, Octopus and Sardines in Saor
Tuna, Olives Peppers and Anchovy Salad
Rib-eye Steak aged 24 days
with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
A perfectly cooked steak and potatoes is decent, so too is the tuna salad. Desserts are made on site. My friend was too stuffed to order dessert – remember I mentioned the generous portion sizes – but I make short work of my tiramisu. You must also order Prosecco, the list is impressive, so too are the wines.
It will be interesting to see how Qvintessenza fares away from the more busier end of Borough High Street. There was only one other table occupied on the night I went and it didn’t help that the huge floor to ceiling windows overlook a police station. Not the most pleasant of views. At one point during the evening a few police officers enter the restaurant with someone they had presumably arrested, so they could use the loo. Nice! Having said that it’s a lovely place with great service and good food.
Antipasti from £7, pasta from £7.5, main from £16, pizza from £8.5 and desserts from £2.50.
Food I Fancy dined as a guest.
304 Borough High Street
London, SE1 1JJ
Tel: 020 7403 9728