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Brunello Restaurant at The Baglioni Hotel - a Beautiful Restaurant Facing Kensington Gardens

How do I begin to describe the lavish, but quirky opulence of The Brunello Restaurant at The Baglioni Hotel? Well, take a pinch Gothic and a twist of fantasy and you’re getting there! The Dining-room is like a spacious and fancy stage set: beautiful black Murano chandeliers, high backed gold comfy armchairs, and heavy draped curtains that look like their made from Dracula’s very best cape. Within the last few months a new chef, Andrea Vercelli, (ex Harry’s Bar and Rosmarino), has simplified the menu of comforting Italian classics whilst focusing on keeping prices affordable. The set lunchtime menu is particularly good value with plenty of choice.

I began with a totally creamy and fresh tasting crab and avocado salad, artistically served on a beautiful rectangular plate with a choice of Italian artisan breads. My guest had a plate of baked aubergine with fresh tomato and cheese which he commented was very delicate on the palate and I could see was very well presented on the plate.

My main course was a dish of baked sardines with char-grilled spring vegetables, which was simple in its execution but light and delicate in its flavours. Rib-eye steak came served imaginatively presented, cut as if into fingers, and was thoroughly enjoyed by my enthusiastic guest. He said it was perfectly cooked, full of flavour and came served with tasty chips and salad. Puddings included Millefeuille with vanilla custard cream and wild berries and a classic Tiramisu. There is a vast selection of wines to chose from at all prices. We stuck with the Italian theme, choosing a highly flinty and quaffable Cantina Terlano Pinot Grigio D.O.C., the sort of wine one could imbibe all afternoon given its easy drinking.

Somewhere as atmospheric as The Brunello is a sure-fire romantic dinner destination. A place to really dress up for the occasion and savour the memory afterwards.

Brunello Restaurant at The Baglioni Hotel
60 Hyde Park Gate
London SW7
Tel: 020 7368 5900

Louise Elgin. April 2007.

Lunch with wine and water is about £35 a head.
Dinner with wine and water is about £60 a head.


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