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Friday, March 16, 2012

Massimo at The Corinthia Hotel

Modern European

Ahh, ‘The Corinthia Hotel’: three words that we have found ourselves uttering a lot of recently. And when we do, we can’t help but allow a smile to creep over our face for The Corinthia Hotel is unreservedly beautiful.

The Corinthia Hotel is a recent newcomer to the London hotel scene, but it is safe to say that will fast become one of London’s leading hotels. Designed by the David Collins team, the hotel oozes modern sophistication. Everything about the hotel’s design is perfection, including one of the two hotel restaurants, Massimo.

Massimo takes its name from head chef Massimo Riccioli, who is one of a few top London head chefs who can actually still be found working in the kitchens. In fact, on two occasions whilst dining at the restaurant, Massimo himself has popped over to do a ‘meet and greet’ with patrons of the establishment. Nice chap. Thankfully, we didn't have to tell porkies through gritted teeth and say the food was delicious. It really is.

To start, one can choose from a variety of small dishes (raw fish largely being the theme) flavoured with quirky ingredients. Especially good is the scallop, vanilla and fried angel hair dish, but also the fried squid, mussels and courgette dish. It's all about the naughty options!

A personal favourite is the monkfish wrapped in aubergine. The dish is clean, delicate, flavoursome, but best of all leaves enough room for dessert at the end. Speaking of dessert, if they have it (an occasional special) go for the trio of chocolate. The chocolate sorbet is one of the best and you won’t be left regretting it.

Quite simply the whole experience of dining at Massimo is memorable. Be wowed by the surroundings and then be wowed by the food.

10 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5AE

Average price for main meal: £25
Average price for a glass of wine: £9
Food/Drink: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Value: 3/5


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