Italian Restaurant Week: Luce e Limoni @ Gray’s Inn Road

Luce e Limoni(イタリア語で「光とレモン」の意)は、クラーケンウェルのSt Cross Streetにあるレストラン・Fabrizioのオーナーでシチリア出身のFabrizio Zafarana氏の新しいシチリア料理のお店。偶然通りがかって、素敵なお店なのでトライしてみた。

シャンデリアや趣味のいい家具でエレガントに仕上げられた店内には、シチリア特産のレモンの絵が壁に沢山掛けられている。その内装と同じく、出てきたお料理はどれも眉目麗しく美味しそう。だけど食べ始めると、失望感が広がる。期待していた旨味がなく、パスタソースも店内で手作りしたものではなく、瓶詰めのソースのような味がする。同様の品をシチリアでいただいた時は、一口食べて、あまりの美味しさに感動したものだが、さすがに新鮮な材料が揃う本場シチリアのレストランとロンドンのシチリア料理を比べては酷だろう。それにしても、もう少し美味しくできるのではないかと思う。二度と行かないだろうお店のリスト行きだな。

Luce e Limoni (“light and lemons” in Italian) is an Italian restaurant specialising traditional Sicilian cuisine, and another venue by Fabrizio Zafarana from Sicily, the owner of Fabrizio restaurant on St Cross Street in Clerkenwell. We just found this place by chance, and tried this good looking place.

The restaurant is elegantly decorated with a Sicilian ambient with drawings of lemons on the walls. Equally their dishes looked great when served. However, a disappointment struck us after we started eating – the food was bland and didn’t have much flavours. The sauce didn’t taste freshly made but came from a jar. I had the similar dishes in Sicily and were far better. It is not fair to compare the cuisine in Sicily and Sicilian cuisine in London, as the ingredients cannot be the same here and there. But still, I think they can do a bit better. Probably we won’t come back…

シチリアの伝統料理、ソラマメとイカのスープ £6.95

Macco di fave con calamaretti saltati £6.95 (traditional Sicilian dried broad beans soup with spicy squid)

イワシ、ドライトマト、ケッパー、干しぶどう、パン粉入りブカティーニ(£10.50)とナス、トマト、バジル、リコッタチーズ入りリガトーニ(£9.95)

Bucatini alle sarde con pomodori secchi, capperi, sultana e mollica tostata £10.50 (Bucatini with sardines, sun dried tomato, capers, sultanas and toasted breadcrumbs) and Rigatoni con melanzane, pomodoro, basilico e ricotta salata £9.95 (Rigatoni with aubergine, tomato, basil and salty ricotta cheese)

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