La Giaconda Review
A gastro-landmark with an indie spirit on Denmark Street's Tin Pan Alley—think Bowie, Marley and The Clash—off Tottenham Court Rd., this super friendly Australian husband-and-wife-run dining room has an eclectic menu that's always ballsy and invariably inspired. Irreverent chef Paul Merrony describes his food as "French-ish, with a couple of day trips to Italy thrown in," and this relaxed Aussie take is reflected as he nonchalantly sends out mighty starters—creamed shallots with horseradish, crispy pig's trotters, or baked eggs with cream and tomatoes—and a full range of luscious entrées at not unreasonable prices. Try the ox tongue, rack of lamb with gnocchi 'alla Romana, guinea fowl with prunes, or heartier dishes like veal kidneys, black pudding with potatoes, or ham hock hash with a fried egg on top. Puddings, like Eton Mess or Agen prunes in red wine, are a snip at £5 to £6.50.
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