Lanky Girl and crew recently took part in The Regent Street Food Safari. Basically the concept is this; many of Regent Street’s acclaimed restaurants offered the chance to sample some of their dishes in a kind of ‘graze and go’ experience. A sort of culinary adventure without leaving London.
Lanky Girl’s adventure started in Sartoria, a classic and sophisticated Italian restaurant. Before our starters we were served a little tray of nibbles, which included some delicious shots of gazpacho. The Gazpacho was tangy and smooth, the crisp bread and parmesan was a lovely accompaniment.
From the menu I opted for the fried squid and my dining partner opted for the buffalo mozarella. The squid was delicious, nicely co0ked so that the texture was soft with a slight bite to it. The staff were pleasant and attentive and we especially enjoyed our complimentary champagne Bellini. Sartoria had a nice intimate ambience and is the perfect place for people watching due to its massive glass windows. A nice start to our culinary adventure.
Next up our journey was Tibits, a self service vegetarian bar and restaurant. Now being an all consuming carnivore I wasn’t really sure I was going to enjoy “veggy” food. My fears were put to rest when I realised how tasty the food was. I enjoyed some vegetable samosas, steamed broccoli, and pasta simple but wholesome. Tibits has a very relaxed to feel to it and it is the kind of place that I could envision going to with friends to take a break from shopping.
Now, by this point I was feeling very full (maybe pigged out a bit too much at Tibits) but in the name of food we continued onto Below Zero a chic bar and restaurant which also houses a very cool ice bar. The menu for Below Zero consisted of many small plates. From the menu we chose Salt n Pepper prawns with chill and garlic and Guinea Fowl and liver terrine. The prawns were sweet and succulent and the chilli definitely gave it an added kick. If you want you can pay 15 pounds and go into the ice bar next door, and enjoy some fantastic flavoured vodka.
After all that food I was feeling a little over indulged but as they say there is always room for dessert. It was time for ice cream! Freggo was our final stop and the one I was most looking forward to. Freggo offers Argentinean ice cream as well as lots of lovely little fancy desserts. We enjoyed a row of flavoured cones. Delicious! I would say Freggo is a great place to take a date for an after dinner treat.
The Regent Street Food Safari was like having four different nights rolled into one and I thoroughly enjoyed discovering restaurants that I hadn’t previously know about. I definitely recommend that you try it.
The next Regent Street Food Safari 2012 will take place 1-15 March, 2012.