As an Italian food addict, you can imagine my excitement when I saw Theo Randall at the Intercontinental pop up on Bookatable’s Star Deals last month. I sometimes find some of these set menus a bit too limited, however this one was full of delicious options, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
My girlfriend and I arrived slightly before our 8:30pm booking on a busy Friday night, and were asked if we’d like to relax with a drink in the bar first. After a long week at work this sounded like a great plan, and we headed straight to a cosy table and ordered a bottle of the 2012 Salice Salentino, from Puglia. Not part of the Star Deal, but I couldn’t write this review without mentioning this wine and just how amazing it was. If you go make sure you get a bottle, it’s awesome!
We were then shown to our table and greeted by our waitress, Francesca, who was absolutely fantastic throughout the duration of the meal. Francesca took our orders and then gave us a fresh bread selection to nibble on while we waited for our starters. The tomato bruschetta was potentially one of the best I’ve ever had. Super-sweet tomatoes hit with some fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil on crispy bread… Amazing.
After a short wait our starters arrived. We decided to share the salumi misti, a selection of Italian cured meats, and the pappardelle con ragù di manzo, which consisted of slow cooked beef with ribbons of homemade pasta. The lardo was particularly nice on the meat platter, however it was the pappardelle that truly stole the show. Really rich and packed with plenty of flavour, I almost wish we had of got two of these to start with! We were then given a nice break between courses which I always appreciate in restaurants. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re being rushed, and this definitely was not the case here at the Intercontinental.
For mains we ordered the guinea fowl which was stuffed with prosciutto and mascarpone, and the pork loin wrapped in prosciutto and served with celeriac. Although both were very tasty, the guinea fowl was a definite favourite. The meat was moist on the inside with crispy skin on the outside, and in my opinion was cooked to perfection. Everything in the dish just worked together really well and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.
We asked Francesca for a break after our main courses which was no trouble at all. At this point Mr Theo Randall himself came over to check that all was good with our meal and advised us on his favourite desserts. A lovely touch, and something that doesn’t happen too often when dining out. We decided to take his lemon tart recommendation and also ordered the soft chocolate cake. Both were delicious and were a great end to a lovely meal. We then were left to slowly finish our glasses of prosecco, included in the deal, whilst enjoying some complimentary biscotti and truffles.
Overall the food at the Intercontinental was great, with some dishes I would definitely recommend to friends. The service was absolutely fantastic from start to finish, and every member of staff made us feel very welcome, and that I cannot praise enough. All in all, a pretty good Friday night!