11 park walk
I feel bad to have neglected fair London for the last couple of months so am taking a breather and returning closer to home with a review of newly-opened 11 Park Walk at the former site of Aubergine, where Ramsay first created a name for himself. Tucked just off the high street in affluent residential Chelsea, the restaurant specialises in regional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients.
We arrived at the spacious neighbourhood restaurant (next to fellow newcomer The Henry Root) on a wet Sunday afternoon and were warmly welcomed into the polished yet relaxed environs by the charming maitre’d. Once seated we were handed three menus: a promotional lunch menu (with all items priced at £11), the standard à la carte and a seasonal black truffle menu.
We took our picks mostly from the more comprehensive à la carte and were rewarded with some fine dishes. The Frittura Mista featured lightly-battered calamari, head-on prawns and courgette batons, fried to a perfect airy crispness and paired with a tangy tartare sauce.
Unable to resist the creamy delights of Burrata, B chose the silky fresh cheese for his starter which was gloriously oozy and served with a tasty vibrant caponata, peppery rocket and drizzle of olive oil.
Our pasta mains, topped with freshly grated parmesan table side, were just as lovely. The Homemade Ossobuco Ravioli were tender, with a tasty robust filling and a delicious light veal sauce.
The Saffron Pappardelle with Pork Cheek was even better – soft flat al dente ribbons laced with a ragu of slow-cooked pork and guanciale di maiale (an Italian cured pig’s cheek very similar to bacon). A scattering of croutons added a nice crunch to the heavenly plateful.
Dessert offerings were also stellar, with an incredibly indulgent Tiramisù (possibly the richest version I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating) served in a tuile basket and a sensational Hazelnut Gelato with Black Truffle and Hazelnuts (opening photo) off the tartufo menu. It was the first time both of us had eaten truffles in a pud and we were quite taken by the heady combination of shaved truffles, caramelised nuts and creamy gelato. My only quibble was the impractical (although striking) plating which left me with cocoa-smeared arms – white shirts beware!
Quality food at palatable prices, 11 Park Walk is a worthy addition to the truckload of Italians that have hit the capital in recent months. I am already plotting a return soon, January detox be damned.
E11even Park Walk
11 Park Walk
London SW10 0AJ
t. 020 7352 3449