Babbo has been around for about 4 years, but changed head chef last year. The new head chef, Carlo Scotto, joined from Gordon Ramsey at Hospital Rd and has injected new life in the Mayfair venture. We had never heard of Babbo until we encountered them at the Taste Festival this summer. Their dish, Roasted Chianina beef fillet, blew us away and we decided to pay them a visit to check out some more of their cooking.
When we visited Babbo we tried the following dishes:
- Crab & avocado salad (7/10)
- Calamari fritti (7/10)
- Tagliatelle al nero (7.5/10)
- Risotto al Parmagiano (9/10)
- Filetto di Fassone Piemontese (8/10)
- Zucchini fritti (7/10)
- Caprese (8/10)
- Chocolate cannolo (8/10)
Of the dishes we tried at Babbo, we particularly enjoyed the Risotto al Parmagiano with a rich depth of flavor. While it’s certainly not the best high-end Italian we’ve visited in London (for instance Apsleys, Bocca di Lupo and Zucca pip them in our opinion), with some more tweaking of the menu and as the new chef grows into his own cuisine, Babbo is set to get better and certainly worth paying a visit.
The total bill at Babbo came to £160 (including service charge, 2 glasses of wine and water).
Food rating for Babbo: 7.5/10
Service rating for Babbo: 7.5/10
Overall rating for Babbo: 7/10
(Overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and the price)