Hello Everyone! Welcome back to another entry at Yummy Jubbly! ☺
This week, we went for a meal at Giuseppe’s – www.giuseppesplace.com
A small Italian basement restaurant, with it’s entry via a little archway off Borough High Street in London. Giuseppe’s is one of South Bank’s oldest family run restaurants. It was our first time here, but we’d heard some good reviews about the place beforehand. Cosy atmosphere and nice friendly waiters. Although not every dish was particularly amazing, it was still a pleasant meal.
We got our table at 6:30pm and it was pretty quiet. But by the time we were leaving at 8:30pm, every single table had been taken up – there was even a live musician! For a Tuesday night, it was quite impressive. Giuseppe’s was evidently a popular choice with all walks of life – we saw singletons, couples, colleagues and groups of friends dining there.
Here’s what we ate:
Prosciutto E Melone (£8.95) – a classic Italian dish consisting of Parma ham and melon. The sweetness of the melon paired up well with the saltiness of the meat. But the orange juice with the meat was even better! We hadn’t seen this combination served with orange slices before, so we were quite surprised to find it actually really worked.
Insalata Tricolore (£7.95) – a very simple starter salad consisting of avocado, tomato, mozzarella, basil and a drizzle of olive oil. Giuseppe’s source their ingredients freshly from Borough Market located just across the road and this dish was an excellent example of this. The combination of milky mozzarella, creamy avocado, crunchy sharp tomatoes and fragrant basil was just absolutely yummy!
Pasta Nero di Seppia (£13.95) – pasta with prawns, calamari, scampi, garlic, parsley, white wine and cuttlefish ink, topped with fresh rocket and tomatoes. By the time it was served, the sauce had sunk to the bottom, so we really had to dig in and toss everything about to truly get the flavours. But the efforts were worth it. All the different types of seafood were cooked perfectly, the pasta was cooked al dente and the fresh vegetables added another texture to the dish. A bit heavy on the salt for our liking. But we squeezed a bit of lemon juice (the wedge of lemon served with the Saltimbocca Alla Romana) and the dish was much more enjoyable. Lemon goes well with seafood, maybe Giuseppe’s can consider serving a wedge of lemon on the side with this dish?
Saltimbocca Alla Romana (£16.85) – veal with Parma ham, sage and wine sauce, served with roasted potatoes and side salad. The thinly cut veal was cooked really well and was really tender. The sauce was too oily for our liking, although the wedge of lemon served did help to cut the richness a bit. Unfortunately, this was served on a cold plate so it went cold quite quickly. Which resulted in a layer of cold fat appearing across the dish. The roast potatoes were also disappointing and not crispy as you’d expect.
Cannolo Siciliano (£5.50) – a typical Sicilian dessert. The ice-cream waffle cone like outside was filled with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips, served with two pieces of preserved orange zest and a small drizzle of cream. The sweetness of the chocolate combined with the creaminess of the ricotta cheese was absolutely amazing. The orange zest was sharp and bitter enough to cut through all the richness. A very good end to the meal.
Torta della Nonna (£5.50) – short crust pastry filled with crème patissèrie, topped with almonds and pine nuts, finished with a dusting of icing sugar and cocoa powder. All served on top of a small drizzle of cream. We’d describe this as lemon meringue with the meringue. It wasn’t too sweet and the sharpness of the lemon was just right.
So we had mixed comments about Giuseppe’s, but overall the experience was pleasant and some of the dishes were quite nice. Service was excellent and we were well looked after. It wouldn’t be a bad choice to eat if you were in the area and wanted some simple authentic Italian food!
Overall Yummy score: 3.5