#Instalunch: Enoteca Da Luca
For those times when phones at the table are a must, see why Enoteca Da Luca is the prime setting for your next client lunch.
‘Piccolo e bello’, or ‘small is beautiful’ to those in the know, is the philosophy behind new Italian eatery Enoteca Da Luca and is at the heart of everything they do. A small menu, small plates and even the smallest details are all lovingly crafted and considered to the extent that we were almost afraid to destroy such delicacies with a heavy hand. Unsurprisingly, we managed to put this fear aside to taste what was on offer at the newest branch opening at London’s Old Street.
WHAT WE ATE
From Manchester and Liverpool to London and Leeds, you’d be hard pushed to find an Italian that doesn’t pride itself on its burratta, the mozzarella and cream hybrid that has fast grown in popularity over the past year or so. Here it is transformed with confit tomatoes and a basil sorbet, craftily cutting through the richness for a careful balance. Leave room and share this with friends before moving on to Beef Fillet Tartare – raw beef, mingled with gherkin and topped with a 63 degree egg yolk so perfect that its breakage deserved video footage. If raw meat doesn’t quite capture your imagination – it’s not for everyone, after all – then the fish is sure to impress. Sea bream was soft, delicate and moist atop courgette and clams, whilst the Octopus, decorated with mint, asparagus and hazelnut, was impressive in all senses. As for dessert? Tapping into childhood favourites with blackberry donuts and indulging the adults with exploding white chocolate and passionfruit spheres was only ever going to end in success.
WHAT WE DRANK
When in Rome, or near enough any Italian region, what else but Prosecco could act as the optimum lunch companion. However, unlike the menu, the wine list is extensive and reasonable.
WHAT WE WORE
WHAT’S THE COST?
With the aim of sharing the smaller plates replacing the traditional starter, the somewhat more premium cost of £7 to £16 is easily justified. Mains, boasting quality seasonal ingredients and beautiful arrangements, are in line with the area at £15 to £19 and worth every penny.
WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
Right at the heart of the Silicon Roundabout, the city’s Tech epicentre, it’s an obvious choice for client meetings where impressing is a must. However, you’d be a fool to think this wasn’t date territory come 6pm – the setting is relaxed yet chic, intimate yet open meaning you’re covered for all potential outcomes.