Cafe Murano is my new favourite place in London and somewhere I really didn’t want to share with anyone, my own hidden gem. From the exterior it looked like any other cafe, nothing special about it at all. However when you’re inside the wonderful aroma of food welcomes you and for a second it feels like you’re inside a small restaurant in Italy. That’s how I felt anyway.
The wall behind me was lined with bottles of wine and the one in front had wines, oils, books, pasta plus so much more. The restaurant itself is small and will probably seat around 10 people. Their menu has a selection of paninis, pastas, desserts, starters, drinks and more.
My friend and I stopped by for a quick lunch so we opted for pasta orecchiette, broccoli, pine nuts & radicchio and spaghetti puttanesca, olives, anchovy & basil. The two dishes came piping hot in small brass/copper pots. Though the portions were small, the taste was huge. The pasta orecchiette had a beautiful green colour to it from the pesto and green veggies. Every bite was fresh and flavourful, it didn’t have a bold favour it was more of an addicting delicate taste. The pine nuts added a nice crunch to the dish giving it a nutty flavour.
My spaghetti was creamy and rich in flavour, every strand was coated in the wonder tomato sauce. The anchovy wasn’t overwhelming at all, instead it added a nice savoury taste to the mix whilst the olives and the tiny baby cucumber-type veggies added some crunch and sourness to the dish. Everything about the dish was delicious and the flavours complimented each other beautifully.
After our lunch at Cafe Murano, we headed over to shackfuyu for some dessert. We arrived at the restaurant 20 minutes before closing and were literally the only customers in the place. As soon as you say you want THE dessert they know exactly what you mean.. and because there’s only one dessert on the menu. We decided to couple the wonderfully delicious french toast and green tea ice cream with an equally delicious lychee cocktail. The french toast is sweet and crunchy with a nice dusting of soy powder, the side of green tea ice cream has a slight bitter taste which balances the sweetness of the toast wonderfully. This is one of the best desserts in town and I absolutely urge everyone to try it.
Cafe Murano is truly a hidden gem and even though I didn’t want to tell anyone about this restaurant I shouldn’t deny you the chance of trying some of the best hand made pastas in London. I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Till my next eat x