***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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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