For my birthday dinner at Apero London, Which is a Mediterranean restaurant within the Ampersand hotel. Apero’s new Italian Head Chef Giovanni Ballarin takes his inspiration from fresh, seasonal produce. Highlights include the popular sharing menus, flavourful Mediterranean style eats, that work at any hour.
We were escorted to a sweet little marble table, sofa and chair, this is the only downside is that it is a small area, and one of you will be comfortable the other not so much, as there is upholstered leather seating against the wall, the other person is sat on a wooden chair! The décor is so lovely in the hotel and restaurant so I think they need to invest in some comfortable chairs like there is in the other section. Also we had a group in attendance as they had reserved the wine room but were drinking beside our table before they went in, they were quite loud and boisterous with some bad language so that slightly put a dampener on the occasion, but once they moved off to their room it was so pleasant and we were able to relax.
The food is served in a tapas style and they recommend a party of two picks 6 dishes, so where do we begin. Whilst perusing the menu we ordered some amazing cocktails.
Mum ordered the Unknown – heady mix of rum, lime, liquors and mint
I ordered the Snowy Peak which has Rose syrup and topped with Candyfloss! Ooh, its yummy, and how fabulous does it look!
Out first came A bruschetta with lovely fresh tomatoes, it was so bright and utterly delicious. I could have been on the Italian Riveria, Heaven!
This was then swiftly followed with a Chorizo dish it was so spicy and full of that earthy Mediterranean flavour with a lovely spiced sauce- always makes me think of Al fresco dining and that Golden hour of the day!
We then tried the most gorgeous Beetroot & Gorgonzola risotto! Oh my this really was one of my favourite’s! I dare you not to love it! I am now hunting out a recipe to make this myself or maybe if I ask nicely the Chef could send me it??? ( fluttering my eyelashes)
This was then followed up by Handmade pappardelle in a rich bolognese sauce. Crispy skin chicken, with smoked almond, bacon & sage. And lastly Pan-fried duck breast, foie gras, cherries & wild rice – these were all delicious, sadly though as the Duck was pan fried it was a little too rare for me so didn’t get the opportunity to eat a lot of it. It was an amazing duck breast and what I did eat was delish!
We didn’t end up sampling the dessert as we were so full up, the dishes were really filling which amazed me as when I have had tapas in the past and you order 6 dishes you feel I could maybe have a little more, but no with here. I really loved all the food they had on offer as there is a great choice, there is so much more on the menu.
I highly rate this restaurant and to me, it’s a great place to catch up with friends, or if you wish a casual relaxed evening with the other half or somewhere informal to go with colleagues! There is a great little bar area if you just wish to pop in for cocktails too, which I can say are stellar! I truly don’t think you will be disappointed.
Have you ever tried Tapas?, would you like to go to Apero? And what looks your favourite dish on the menu?
Here is the link to Apero