La Patagonia's Take on Tiramisu!
Lusciously layered Savoiardi biscuits dipped in coffee with a whipped mixture of egg yolks and mascarpone cheese, and flavored with marsala wine and cocoa – a dessert dish of tiramisu often provides a great litmus test for determining the merits of an Italian restaurant. Too bad it's served at the end of a meal! Here are but a few of London's most moreish tiramisu offerings.
10 Charlotte Place, W1T 1SH
Nearest Transport: Goodge Street Underground Station
In Parma is an Italian restaurant owned by Food Roots, a company that's “devoted to the preservation of traditional European produce, only importing food and wine that bear the PDO and PGI seals.” (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) represent the certification of authenticity given to about 1000 products from all over Europe given by the European Commission. These products – well, at least the Italian ones – are then served at In Parma to delectable effect. Many of the wines, meats and cheeses on the In Parma menu are available as take home items as well.
One thing that's definitely worth taking home is the memory of In Parma's homemade and ample tiramisu.
Moreno at Baglioni
Baglioni Hotel London, 60 Hyde Park Gate, SW7 5BB
Nearest Transport: High Street Kensington Underground Station
This newly launched restaurant situated inside Kensington’s lush Baglioni London Hotel sees two Michelin star Italian chef, Moreno Cedroni, share his avant garde approach to Italian cuisine with his first venture outside Italy. Dishes here are extravagant yet refined with a list of dessert designed to delight. Consider if you will the chef's take on the classic tiramisu of Lavazza coffee ice cream with mascarpone sauce resting on “old bread” and Kahlua jelly.
31 Camden High Street, NW1 7JE
Nearest Transport: Mornington Crescent Underground Station
As the name might imply, La Patagonia is actually an Argentine steakhouse. Of course, with one of the largest Italian communities outside Italy itself, you can best bet tiramisu is a popular and authentic treat in Argentina. Saving room for dessert after a quality hunk of bife de lomo at this lovely little eatery can be a challenge, but it's well worth the effort. Served in a preserving jar for a rustic and down home effect, La Patagonia's tiramisu is gorgeous.
Locations throughout London and the UK
With celebrity chef, Antonio Carluccio, at the helm of this popular Italian restaurant group, quality and simplicity of ingredients is assumed. In a pinch, the twenty some odd Carluccio's outlets in greater London (including one inside Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5) offer value dining for discerning palates. The tiramisu sets a high standard for all Italian restaurants in the UK.
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Photo: Chris Osburn