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“Low key, pleasant ambiance, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of La Gourmandina

La Gourmandina
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Ranked #1,494 of 22,373 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$19 - US$45
Cuisines: Wine Bar, Italian, European, French
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
Description: La gourmandina is an Italian and French Restaurant, owned and managed by a Franco-Italian couple, who like to define themselves as "French and Italian Enogastronomic Ambassadors". They bring together the best of both worlds by making London discover traditional regional French and Italian dishes that can't be easily found elsewhere. The menu changes regularly with the seasons to offer only the freshest ingredients at the right time. Everything is prepared with the highest quality ingredients to put Products under the spotlight and let their best natural flavors speak. Selection of natural, bio-dynamic and high quality wines.
London UK
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“Low key, pleasant ambiance, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

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.

  • Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lovely lunch spot on Lambs conduit st”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Went for a birthday lunch and was not disappointed. We both had the cheese and cured meat platter and it was fantastic. Also the house wine and beer was very good. Room was light and and airy and service was quietly efficient.

  • Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Presentation was fantastic, tastes and flavors were even better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

I had such a nice experience at La Gourmandina- all the dishes were great, but the 2 outstanding were:

- The burrata and tomato salad, a simple classice but the burrata melted in my mouth and the tomatoes were crisp and fresh.
- The cassoulet de porc, by far the best seasoned/flavorful I had ever had. It looked delicious but tasted even better.

The service was great and wine pairings were just right. Highly recommended!

Visited April 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great food in a lovely place with warm and gracious staff.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Nice menu, very warm and gracious staff, tasteful decor - will come here again whenever we are in London. A nice addition to the Lamb's Conduit neighborhood.

  • Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good eating in Lamb's Conduit st”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

This is a really great place in Lamb's conduit st. Friendly, helpful and lovely food. The room at the back is small but nicely arranged and relaxed. Prices were very reasonable. I will definitely go there again.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Jean L
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