Lambs Conduit Street is a delightful place to walk through, full of individual shops selling attractive clothes and artefacts and a handful of really nice places to eat. La Gourmandina is a good addition and I suspect is used as a get away by staff who can afford it from nearby hospitals. It is a place where you can eat well, in the restaurant at the back or very casually at the front and/or buy French and Italian specialist foods. The menu is a tribute to both these countries.
The four women who comprise the book club I belong to like to meet in restaurants. But we need to be where we have plenty of elbow room, tables are well spaced, there is good light and the music is not intrusive. La Gourmandina fits this bill well. We all enjoyed the simple but warm and welcoming decor and wooden tables, although the chairs could be a bit more comfortable. We had two of the sharing platters to start. The one with garlicky Puglia bread and roasted vegetables was particularly yummy. I had Tuscan sausage with ricotta and a green vegetable that was supposed to be an Italian broccoli but tasted just like chard to me and enjoyed it all. Two companions had a good duck confit and the other rabbit in a mustard sauce with very interestingly cooked zucchini. Rabbit was a bit bony. I wasn't drinking but my companions said their red win was excellent. Service was pleasant but unobtrusive. We would definitely come here again and probably will.
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