30 May CIBO – Italian anyone?
3 Russell Gardens
London W14 8EZ
020 7371 2085
A real little hidden gem of London with a humble exterior and somewhat “interesting” interior. Could be because it was a Saturday noon, but the restaurant seemed a bit too empty for what it is (probably a Friday dinner would see it fulled packed). Friendly place, the owner stood right at the bar and would move around to greet guests as the come. He seem to know all of the other guests that were there that time (except for us first time visitors). It looked to me as a local place frequented by loyal diners who happen to have discovered it.
The food was really good too, starting with the olives, the cheese, and oooh the bread…portions are of decent size, and the taste was simply great. We had baby octopus, roast quails and sword fish (I shall spare you of the full Italian names, which, to many of us, may not give a slight hint of what the dishes contain). To be honest, this should have been written on the same day, with our memories still fresh. That way I might have had been able to provide you with more detailed feedback on the food’s textures and tastes. But at this point, I can still tell you that I was pleasantly impressed by Cibo. Not very helpful comments, but if you are considering whether you should give Cibo a vist, take a look at the many recommendation signs on the door in the picture below, and do a quick google for critics’ reviews of the restaurant, they may help you make the decision (to go, of course). We did not read too much of the place before getting there, and was not surprised by what we read afterwards really.