I Robert, Mayfair, London: restaurant review

Read our review of Mediterranean café and restaurant I Robert, in Mayfair, London. A very smart dining room with excellent service and careful attention to detail with a kitchen packing flavour into perfected Spanish and Italian classics.

***This restaurant has permanently closed***

In a nutshell

A high-end Med-style trattoria in Mayfair, serving Italian and Spanish cuisine, charcuterie and cheese, with decent, reasonably priced Italian wines and a good selection of grappa. The light, bright space is hung with contemporary art, and the food is served at linen-clothed tables.


Who’s cooking?

Michele Granziera. He was in the kitchen at Zafferano for seven years before a stint as executive chef at Avista restaurant, in the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, where he was awarded two Rosettes.

Menu know-how

There are Italian and Spanish charcuterie selections available – Spanish has cecina, chorizo, sobresada and Iberico for £13, and Italian st. saniele, salami, mortadella and capocollo for £12. There’s also a mixed meat and cheese platter for £12. Otherwise, it’s a straightforward menu of starters, mains, sides and puddings, the mains divided into pasta; fish and seafood; chicken; pork; and beef.

Must orders

Chicken livers with potatoes and onions for £13 is a delicious, budget option, but the standout dish has to be the signature I Robert Tagliolini with rabbit ragout, £13 – deliciously rich, not at all watery, and with no bones.

What I’ll order next time

Spaghetti with red mullet, olives and tomatoes, £14, looked, and smelled, fantastic on its way past to another table.

What’s the room like

There’s a light and airy palette, dark wood, linen, beautiful cutlery, and pricey looking artwork. It speaks of exclusive Med destinations and City urbanity.

What we liked

Real care is taken in the details at I Robert: the service was excellent, the bread basket home-made, fresh and perfect, and homemade pomegranate lemonade delicious. Bottled water is by Decantae, and a side of buttered spinach couldn’t have been better.

Fun fact

‘I Robert’ is the title of a painting hung in the restaurant, of a rabbit, by Kate Boxer. There are quirky touches to the decor, such as a wall mounted stag’s head in a white leather gimp mask.

Price range

Mid-range: starters from £7 to £12, mains from £10 to £27 (for a whole lemon sole), desserts, £3.50 to £5, wine ranges from £6 a glass  £75 for a bottle of champagne.


Gregor Shepherd

August 2015

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