An evening at Strada Panton Street in the heart of the West End.
Strada Panton Street is tucked just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus. It is located off Panton Street close to Haymarket amongst many theatres making it the perfect pre-theatre restaurant.
I visited on a Tuesday evening, escaping the current summer downpours, to catch up with a friend. When we arrived the restaurant was packed with a buzzing atmosphere. The staff were very welcoming and sat us down at our table offering a glass of a prosecco each, an offer we couldn’t refuse!
Panton Street is one of the Strada branches which has just has just unveiled a new contemporary look (other branches include St Katharine Docks, Sheffield and Reading.) The new look is vibrant and modern with quirky touches. Strada has developed a new menu which features high quality grain-fed beef, responsibly caught fish.
They have also just launched a new #PizzaMondays menu (with non-gluten and vegetarian options) which features £5 pizzas! This is an amazing deal and one of the cheapest you will fine in the area and the pizza is top quality! There is also a set menu from £11.95 for two courses.
We began the evening by sharing Mozzarella flatbread (£5.25) which was perfect for sharing. The portion was large and very filling, we saved some aside as we were nervous we would get too full for our mains.
Normally at Strada I would go for the traditional pizza or pasta. I decided to go for something a bit different to the norm and for my main course I had Chicken & Mushrooms (£13.95) – pan-roasted corn-fred chicken breast smothered in a thick and creamy mushroom sauce with fresh rocket and herby potatoes. I definitely made the right choice with this one and there was no food envy for me.
My guest ordered the Tagliatelle Bolognese (£10.95) – slow cooked pork and beef ragu, red wine, Parmesan and pangrattato. The staff were very accommodating and recommended wines to go with our dishes. I stuck to prosecco while my guest went for a red wine to drink with the Bolognese.
The dishes are packed full of authentic flavour and the portions are generous at affordable prices. You can view the main menu here.
The staff were incredibly welcoming and it was probably one of the best customer service experiences I have had in London. Our waiter helped with recommendations, made sure we never went thirsty or hungry and even helped me with some photography by climbing on chairs to get that perfect shot! We had such a fantastic time, the friendly atmosphere really contributed to a lovely evening.
Our waiter even treated us to a shot of Frangelico each as we had never tried it before! Frangelico is a noisette (hazelnut) liquor. It was so smooth and nutty, absolutely gorgeous! You can order this to go with your dessert from £3.75.
It was so hard to pick a dessert so the team at Strada encouraged us to try three, we couldn’t say no to that could we?
Desserts we tried included Pannacotta served with smashed honeycomb with fresh berry compote, Chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream and Tiramisu. All priced at £5.95.
Anything chocolate is always my go-to dessert as a I’m huge chocoholic. Tiramisu has never appealed to me as I’m not a huge coffee fan however everyone at Strada recommended this and I’m always up for going out of my comfort zone.
Every dessert was stunning but I was pleasantly surprised that out of the three dessert dishes the Tiramisu was surprsingly my favourite! It was so smooth and creamy with only a light coffee flavour. The portion was huge though so I think it could be easily shared. Or why not order a few like we did and have a dessert tasting!
The pannacotta was delicious and so light that it was easy to eat which was good as we were ready to burst by this point! The honeycomb was a great addition to the dish too.
You can view the desserts menu here.
Before we knew it we had been there almost 3 hours! We were having such a wonderful evening that the time had just flown by. We felt very comfortable with no need to move on, which you don’t often find in restaurants in Central London.
39 Panton St