Savini at The Criterion
You've probably walked past it a thousand times and not noticed. The large doors and suited doorman suggest an elite hotel or yet another West End theatre lie within, and among the fun and bustle of Piccadilly, there's never a cause to give it a second glance. But today, I saw Savini properly for the first time. The door was held open as we entered and revealed was a high ceilinged, mosaiced walled palace. A mirrored bar, large ornate mirrors on the walls, sumptuous tones of cream and gold- this has to be heaven.
Hidden in plain sight among the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus, London is this palatial foodie haven. Greeted by a suited doorman we were welcomed into Savini's finely regal comforts- marbled walls, finely mosaicked ceilings, and large gilded mirrors adorning the walls. The décor has balanced modern simplicity with traditional European opulence. A balance that is also evident in the cuisine offered.
To start my date opted for the seared scallops, which I just had to try, they were perfectly cooked and delicately flavoured. I enjoyed the Parma ham with toasted brioche and pear compote and found that whilst the compote was sweet it was well matched- so much so that I easily cleared the generous portion. For mains my date was more restrained, having what she described as 'the best Caesar salad' she had ever had, with chicken and anchovies and a rich house made dressing. The sirloin steak with artichoke and ## as recommend to me by our engaged and helpful server was the most tender, flavourful sirloin I've ever enjoyed. It should be noted also that the presentation of each dish was impeccable, only adding to the anticipation of tasting it. Artichoke, eggplant and radicchio were a delightful accompaniment to my steak with flavours that were original yet comforting.
We were ambitious to order dessert after such an incredible meal but the wide selection beckoned. My Tarte Tatin had a crisp pastry a wonderful caramel and having it served with cream and ice cream put the indulgence over the top. The real star though was the flambéed crepes with orange that proved to be a perfect sweet sticky pudding.
Savini is a divine dining experience with impeccable service and faultless food. I’d return to eat that very meal, and try the other menu options. Perfect for a celebration with your significant other or friends.
224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP,