When it comes to food, London has to be one of the most exciting cities on the planet. Every single neighbourhood seems to be filled with delicious dining options, from far-reaching chain restaurants to tiny hole-in-the-wall eateries. In London, if you’re ever feeling peckish for a particular kind of cuisine or even a specific dish, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be able to find it somewhere in the city.
After three years of living here, it’s gotten to the point where I have a massive spreadsheet of all the London foodie spots I want to get to, and when news came out of London’s latest themed restaurant, we were determined to check it out.
Mister Lasagna has just opened up right in the heart of one of my favourite London areas, Soho. As the name implies, this restaurant’s specialty is lasagna.
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I think of comfort food, pasta will always be the first thing that springs to mind. I do my best to love all pastas equally, but one of my all-time favourites has to be lasagna. Decadent layers of bechamel, bolognese sauce, pasta and cheese – it’s hard to fault the traditional lasagna.
So, with my Garfield-like affection for lasagna already well established, I approached our evening at Mister Lasagna with high expectations.
Located on Rupert Street, Mister Lasagna’s branding was immediately noticeable, and plenty of people were hovering around at the counter inside. I was a bit worried that the venue appeared to be on the small side, but once we entered, we saw that there was a whole downstairs dining area too.
Ordering is simple. All along the counter, there’ll be a wide range of temptations on offer. But first, there are a few different portion sizes to choose from: regular, half and tris. We opted for the latter option, which allowed us to each choose three types of lasagna.
Since Mister Lasagna offers a whopping 21 varieties of lasagna, with an average of 13 available daily, I faced a lot of indecision when trying to design my meal. While you do get the traditional lasagna I described above, Mister Lasagna also offers carbonara, egg and mashed potato, artichoke, smoked salmon and aubergine lasagnas, to name but a few.
In the end, I went with pumpkin, cheese and ham, as well as spinach. Chris chose the chicken and chorizo, pesto and spicy tomato sauce. Diners also have the option of adding a complimentary sauce to the meal, including bechamel, bolognese, four cheese or mushroom. If you’re thirsty, the restaurant has an exceptional bar, where you can order Italian cocktails and liquers. We grabbed a bottle of wine, and headed downstairs.
We took a seat in the bright dining section, which sports more of the restaurant’s eye-catching branding, along with homely touches like tiny potplants of tomatoes and different table sizes, from tables-for-two to communal versions. Even though getting your food may be a speedy process, the dining space is a cosy space in which I could see us easily whiling away a few hours.
I was admiring this part of the restaurant, but, truth be told, my eyes were constantly being drawn to the food.
The verdict? The lasagnas tasted amazing. Each variety offers something different, with my pumpkin lasagna being sweet, while the cheese and ham was pure indulgence. Chris’ flavourful chicken and chorizo lasagna was another of our winners that evening. If my stomach could manage it, my only wish would have been to try all of the other flavours as well.
Mister Lasagna’s owner Alessandro Limone has set out to recreate family recipes – with a twist – at the restaurant, and I think his dishes are a complete success. For the price of £7.80, we had a high-quality and filling meal. At that price, both Chris and I agreed that Mister Lasagna is set to become a perfect option for pre-show/pre-concert/pre-night out meals.
And, if you’ve made it to Mister Lasagna yet don’t feel like having lasagna (why?!) then rest assured that there are other Italian staples on offer too, such as calzones. If you have the space afterwards, there’s dessert. I went for the cannoli, which arrived in a trio that included pistachio, chocolate and vanilla, while Chris went for a classic: tiramisu.
The only things that detract from the overall Mister Lasagna experience are the two TVs downstairs, which were a little distracting, as well as the plastic cutlery even for dine-in customers, but those are minor issues when considering the bigger picture.
The bottom line is that Mister Lasagna represents the ideal dining option for busy Londoners. With the choice of either grabbing an express meal before heading on to other events of the evening, or settling in the dining area for an evening of eating, drinking and chatting away – diners can pick whatever experience they’d like. And it’s all at an extremely affordable price for the quality you’ll get.
If you, like me, adore pasta and, specifically, lasagna, you need to get down to Mister Lasagna on your next visit to central London.
Is lasagna also your go-to for comfort food? Have you been to Mister Lasagna? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Note: My meal at Mister Lasagna was complimentary in return for a review but, as always, all opinions and a sizeable lasagna obsession are entirely my own.
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