Tastecard provides some great opportunities to dine on a budget. On the occasion I want to save a bit of cash, I get on my app and have a scan of what is in the area. On a Thursday night I was in London Bridge and having been flash with the cash at some great places such as Lobos and other tapas spots, it was time to be penny sensitive. Azzurro popped up and was on the other side of London Bridge in an area less saturated with restaurants.
Azzurro is at the base of what appears to be an office building. If you wink you will miss it, as it looks like it could be the canteen for the offices at first glance. It promises fresh Italian food, so as I have had my fair share of good and bad Italian, I thought this could add to my journey of discovery.
We booked en route, but didn’t really have to as it was not very busy. There were a few tables dotted around inside. There was also some seating outside which if it wasn’t for the high rise buildings surrounding it, could get a decent amount of sun. On arrival, it looked like it was being used as the smoking area. The interior was very simple, yellow and basic. This is not a bad thing, as the clean lines is something that sits well with me. That said, I do like places with character too. The music they were playing was excellent, I will give that a mention as it seems like a good place to start if you mean to go out dancing afterwards.
As we were there to take advantage of the 2 4 1 course for free, we opted to go to town and have two courses. I started with king prawns served with avocado, cos lettuce and spicy marie rose sauce. Now this is more of a British starter than Italian, but they could have got away with it. They didn’t because the avocado was not ripe, it tasted of rubber and it was majorly heavy on the marie rose sauce. It literally smothered the dish beyond recognition. I would recommend having the sauce on the side in a ramekin or perhaps a more delicate serving of the sauce. Eleanor had the classic caprese salad of fresh mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil and olive oil. Her starter was more acceptable and tasty. For main course I opted for the tagliatelle funghi which was with wild mushrooms, spinach, garlic in a creamy white wine sauce. To be honest, I did not hold out much hope due to my poor starter but I was really impressed. The tagliatelle was al dente and they were not stingy on the wild mushroom portion. It was lovely. Eleanor ordered the margarita with an extra portion of ham.
As we neared the end of dining experience the most awful smell filled the room. A plumbing issue I suspect which is not that appealing when you are dining. I think they need to tweak the prawn starter and get the smell issue sorted. On the plus side, bravo for the best tagliatelle funghi I have tasted in a while. Yum.
35 Tooley Street
London SE1 2QJ
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