Theo Randall at the InterContinental opened in 2006, and I must have been there more than 50 times since then, drawn in by his mouth-watering seafood pastas that are so good that I could eat a barrel of the stuff! I am not alone. Apparently Sir Paul Smith, Agyness Deyn and Theo Randall’s former River Café bud Jamie Oliver are all fans of Theo’s Italian cuisine.
What keeps me coming back is Theo’s cooking which remains consistently simple yet brilliant. This is not the kind of gourmet dining that you revel in and then almost feel your arteries hardening from the rich and fatty food. You could eat at Theo Randall’s restaurant every day of the week as food feels healthy, like you are eating in the perfect fresh local Tuscan seaside restaurant.
All Theo Randall’s pasta dishes literally melt in your mouth, his ravioli is immensely satisfying, the seafood pasta “Tagliatelle al Pescatore” has a tomato based sauce packed full of all sorts of delicious creatures, mixed with sea bass. The pan-fried squid with fresh borlotti beans, chilli and anchovy is also a tinglingly good starter choice. For mains, Theo Randall won the “Best Dish” for his Veal Cappelletti at the 2014 Tatler Restaurant Awards – and although I can’t stomach veal, (I am to soft to eat much meat at all), it apparently explodes with flavour. I can certainly vouch that the equivalent fish dishes which are equally appealing and wood roasted Anjou pigeon, marinated in marsala with fresh cannellini beans, which is just so tasty without being overly pigeony!
And now to desert. Theo has a signature Lemon Tart and I challenge you to find a more delicious Lemon Tart. This IS the lemon tart that you have been looking for, the one you will yearn for the next day and no other lemon tart will do after tasting this slice of loveliness. Perfect pastry encases the soft yellow lemony tart which is slightly tart so as not to be sickly, but absolutely not sour. You simply must try it!
Theo Randall’s offering is simple, honest, fresh and incredibly tasty Italian food. The restaurant is trendy and informal, the relaxed atmosphere being another reason why I like it so much. Wear your best couture, or not, this place is as friendly as a restaurant of this quality and price comes. Perhaps it is the Italian influence, perhaps it is because Theo is just so nice, whatever the reason, the relaxed ambiance is just another tick in the plus box and yet another reason to stop into the Intercontinental Park Lane for a bite. Forget Nobu up the road, for true culinary fun, Theos really is the place to come.
Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place, W1J 7QY
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