Lucie Loves… Food // Tried & Tasted | Theo’s Simple Italian Weekend Brunch, London
I first met Theo Randall when I attended one of his Italian cookery masterclasses at the InterContinental hotel, on London’s Park Lane. So, being a big fan already, I was more than happy to trundle off again and spend my Saturday morning tucking into some of his best dishes at his other restaurant – Theo’s Simple Italian, Earls Court.
In comparison to Theo’s set up at the InterContinental, this restaurant is much more laid back, and very family friendly too. I was one of a few food and lifestyle bloggers invited along to check out the new Weekend Brunch menu that Theo had put together.
As far as an authentic Italian weekend brunch goes, the interior of this place certainly feels like a top Italian deli. You can go in, grab some brunch and – whilst you’re at it – buy some of the finest Italian produce, and have a coffee. Theo’s Simple Italian also offers private dining rooms too, which is where we were located for our weekend brunch.
Unfortunately for me, as the brunch date coincided with being midway through my 8 week body transformation, I wasn’t able to take up the offer of the lovely wines that were served with each of the courses. I resolutely I stuck to water instead. BORING! Which is a real shame, as I know from the last Italian cookery master class that I did with Theo, the wine pairings alone are well worth visiting one of his restaurants for.
Before brunch, Theo gave us a demonstration of how to make his fresh tortellini pasta. We were invited to get hands on and have a go ourselves.
After taking our seats around the table, Theo then explained the idea behind Theo’s Simple Brunch Menu. Order a few dishes, place them in the middle of the table, and then everybody just gets stuck in. Definitely my favourite way of eating! A real social experience, and great if you’re a little indecisive or if you want to try something that you’ve never tried before.
It’s the perfect opportunity for you and a group of friends to order a few dishes and share them between you. It opens up conversations, you start talking about the dishes and what you like or don’t like, where you’ve had it before or if it’s completely new to you. You also get to try more of the menu too! WIN!
I particularly enjoyed the bruschetta and cured meats – so, so good and probably my favourite little snacky food. However, there are other more substantial dishes on the menu as well, if you do have a bigger appetite.
What we ate…
- Piatto di Antipasti - buffalo mozzerella, marinated artichoke, Swiss chard, grilled marinated peppers, olives Proscuitto di Parma, capocollo, schiena, felino and fennel salami.
- Small portion of ravioli or risotto which comes with prawns, squid and mussels etc
- Fresh pasta with slow cooked beef in Chianti, served with San Marzano tomatoes.
The courses just keep coming and coming! Finally, you finish it all off with delicious Italian desserts! Cheat day treats! After working hard in the gym all week (and eating mainly egg whites) I just had to have a little bit of the Amalfi lemon tart AND the ricotta cheesecake AND the Pannacotta AND the soft chocolate cake with crema di mascarpone!
I can honestly say that they were all delicious. I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to Theo’s Simple Italian and would eat here again in a flash!
Check out the full Theo’s Simple Italian weekend brunch menu.
Book Weekend Brunch at Theo’s Simple Italian
- Call 0207 370 9130
Over to you…
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Words & Photography © Lucie Kerley