The other weekend we travelled to London so that my Dad could experience his belated birthday present, a trip up the Shard.

I’m not a huge fan of heights, but having been up the Empire State building in NYC, I thought I’d manage to survive the Shard! The only thing that unnerved me slightly was the floor to ceiling glass, so standing right near the edge, really was right on the edge! There may have been a couple of times when I dragged my boyfriend back saying ‘stop getting so close!) but I relaxed in the end. The view is fantastic, and you may think you know London, but there are lots of little things you notice from way up there near the clouds.

After an hour watching people who looked like ants, we joined them to make our way over to the restaurant for lunch. I’m a great believer in using social media to discover new places, so I reached out via twitter to see where people recommended we went for lunch near the Shard.

Having looked at the menu for Antico, I knew this was a great place for us after our trip up the Shard. My family all love Italian food, but Antico delivers just that but with a a sophisticated twist. The key with this place is that the dishes are simple, uncomplicated and made with bloody good ingredients.

For a starter I ordered black figs, burrata and prosciutto, finished with a glug of seriously good olive oil. This is certainly a simple combination, but one that will be making an appearance on my dinner table regularly from now on.

My Mum decided on the same, with my Dad ordering the Octopus salad with Fennel, Capers, Celery & Paprika, and the boyfriend going for the Antipasti board.

For my main course I went for the rose veal saltimbocca served with lentils and wilted spinach.

Mum & Dad both plumped for the roasted Monkfish wrapped in prosciutto and served with braised fennel, with the boyfriend choosing his favourite of roast rump of lamb with caponata and salsa verde. Delicious!

And finally to finish off a fantastic meal we ordered two salted chocolate and hazelnut budinos and two portions of the Amalfi lemon tart which was all washed down with a rather fab bottle of red.

The service at Antico was attentive and friendly and I really couldn’t fault them. Pair that with fantastic food (and a Gin bar in the basement!) and you really do have a great gem of a restaurant.

If you’re in the Bermondsey area or even visiting the Shard, make sure you book Antico for lunch or dinner.


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