An upscale Italian serving high quality ingredients from around the British Isles with a focus on pasta. Luca is owned by the team behind multi-award winning, Michelin starred The Clove Club. What strikes guests first about Luca is its art deco inspired interiors and its expanse. As you enter the restaurant the space seems to get bigger and bigger. This is no illusion, as the space also encompases two private dining rooms. The diversity of the crowd reflects the popularity of Luca. From romantic creative couple on their first date, to a group of mid-40 somethings in suits, Luca seems to impress many. Luca is a perfect spot to end a busy day or celebrate a special occasion. Service is great, almost too attentive. We ignored the 65 per head vegetarian pre fixe menu, as we weren't clear what we would get and didn't want to risk disappointment, after all, we were hungry. Instead, we ordered a couple of antipasti (mainly Italian classics without much of a twist) and 2 pasta dishes and it was enough to fill our rumbling stomachs. The wine list is, of course, Italian and has a few good natural wines on the list too. Overall, the food was very good, well cooked, not too fussy and excellent pasta. But is it worth the money? Paying £11 for a portion of bitter salad leaves, for example, made us question our sanity for ordering them. It would seem that you are paying a steep premium for the ambiance and the service on top of the cost of the food.
Date, Friends, Big Group, Colleagues
Fine Dining, Celebration, Romantic, Business
We don't always recommend the same restaurant for both business or a romantic date, but Luca seems to work for both. If you are in the business to impress, don't hesitate to book a table. Classic Italian cuisine never fails to satisfy vegetarians. But, for a more hip alternative, try Bright in London Fields or Trullo in Highbury, where you will eat well and keep a few pounds in your pocket.