LONDON EATERIES – Diciannove 19, a little bit of Italy in the City
Diciannove 19 is right in the heart of London’s City, only steps away from Black Friars tube station, tucked inside the Crowne Plaza City Hotel and a stones throw from the London’s beautiful Thames river.
As soon as you walk in you are met with beautiful oak wooden tables, a stunning wall of wine bottles back lit by a welcome contrast of yellow, the wall has a library feel, but instead of books lay wine bottles. The restaurant has a homely feel, while offering interesting and impressive decor. Piano music plays gently in the background and a light chatter can be heard from the classy city slickers that frequent this Italian restaurant. Smokey glass light hang from the ceiling and the ambience is perfect for a romantic night out or an after dinner meal with work colleagues.
Our friendly waiter offered us olives to tease out appetite and they were succulent. It was clear early on that this wonderful addition to the city knew how to present delicious food. We decided not to partake in wine, but it was obvious there was a wonderful selection available to match anyone’s taste or be paired with the delicacies on offer.
It was clear early on that this wonderful addition to the city knew how to present delicious food.
We began with the Capesante su pute di broccoli, pan fried scallops served with broccoli puree and toasted almonds. This dish was absolutely first class and a welcome dish to entice your palate for more. The scallops were perfectly browned, tender and succulent. I would actually go as far to say the scallops are the best I have ever tasted and coming from a fish lover, that is quite the compliment. A delicious broccoli puree provided a beautiful contract to the scallops and the almonds a welcome crunch. For the main in keeping with my fish loving theme, I chose the Filetto di ippoglosso, roasted halibut on a bed of braised leeks with capers, with double cream and broad beans. Halibut is actually one of my favourite fish and my high expectations were met in abundance as the fish was mouth watering and perfectly cooked, with a salty crust and creamy sauce. My guest chose the Pollo primavera free range chick breast, pancetta, sauteed asparagus, peas, topped with chicken jus. The chicken proved to be tasty, with a sweet sauce, fresh asparagus and a perfectly sized portion. For a side we chose the Spinaci noveli al burro, battered baby spinach topped with soy sauce, which was equally delicious.
I would actually go as far to say the scallops are the best I have ever tasted and coming from a fish lover, that is quite the compliment.
The restaurant is adorned with beautiful wooden blinds, just open enough to see the world going by outside. We were happily full from the beautiful food we shared, but could not help but be tempted by the homemade gelato. The ice cream was absolutely mouth watering, it was creamy fresh and tasty.
Diciannove 19 is a welcome addition to London’s City, the food is outstanding, the ambience perfect and the decoration is stunning. If you are ever in this area make a point to pop in and if you are not, it is more than worth a tube or taxi ride. This lovely restaurant get it right and I will be sure to come back for more.
19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4Y 6DB, 020 7438 8053
Heart London 5* rating
Cat, Heart London Magazine