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“Absolute scrum!!”
Review of Caffe Caldesi

Caffe Caldesi
Ranked #2,252 of 23,009 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$22 - US$62
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Marylebone
Description: Specialising in regional Italian cuisine, Caffé Caldesi in Marylebone is an ideal place to pop into for a cappuccino, a glass of wine or an authentic Italian meal in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Caffé Caldesi searches out traditional and lesser-known recipes from all regions of Italy. The staff originate from all over Italy and their experiences are maximised to their potential in the kitchen, so you will be sure to find and enjoy food that's just to your tastes. Visit the restaurant on the first floor for a hearty home-cooked Italian meal or a bowl of pasta in a formal environment. Meanwhile, the lively ground floor bar is a friendly destination, ideal for meeting up to enjoy a casual lunch.
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
890 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
“Absolute scrum!!”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

I love ricotta cheese and had the ravioli stuffed with ricotta in a minty butter and lemon sauce with clams and chilli. It was reasonably priced at £10! This is the kind of place to come with family for celebrations or a birthday! Good food and great service!

  • Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Somewhat of a curate's egg”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Caffe Caldesi Is a mass of contradictions. Downstairs it is a somewhat anachronistic cafe and bar lacking the cosiness of a Patisserie Valerie or the groceries and wines on sale which so nicely complement the likes of Carluccios or even Conran's anglicised version in the shape of his two Albion cafe outlets. Its slightly austere feeling is lightened only by the pink bottles of some obscure Italian aperitif at the bar and certainly not by the large notice on a rear door marked 'Out of Order'. But upstairs is a spacious restaurant which on the Sunday lunchtime we visited was completely empty. Hence all the customers were crammed into the ground floor space whose tables and chairs are closely bunched together near the entrance and to the side of part of the long bar which takes up so much of the room.

Although the outside menu mentioned a fixed price set menu including most of the dishes from the 'bar menu' with the exception of veal chop and with an understandable supplement for steak, this was nowhere in evidence on our visit. For starters I chose a fritto misto of prawns, squid and courgette strips. What was a fairly modest portion for one was converted for an additional £3.50 to a main course size for two which seemed to treble or even quadruple the starter portion into a veritable food mountain. Tasty but somewhat overwhelming and which left insufficient room for our mains. These included a delicious lasagne made with San pedano cheese which took an age to arrive even allowing for the 15 minutes waiting tine specified on the menu. I had a rustic peasant 'stew' of Tuscan sausages served with a pea and bean sauce on a bed of mash.

We each stuck to a bottle of beer as the wines, whether by glass or bottle, were all pretty expensive, even were they to complement meals in the (empty? closed? Not-functioning? Out of Order?) restaurant above let alone in the ground floor bar/caff.

  • Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“For me, a very pleasant surprise...”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

As a 'no cheese under any circumstances' person I usually avoid Italian restaurants and I have often passed this place by to eat elsewhere but I now realise this was a bad mistake! We had the set lunch in the upstairs restaurant: it was excellent value for money. The staff were pleasant, professional and helpful - they checked that the chef would cook my fish without the usual cheese finish. We enjoyed the cured ham and rocked salad starter, and the grilled sea bream and lentil main course. My fellow diner finished with the chef's tiramisu whilst I had an espresso and grappa. There was an extensive wine list and we enjoyed a modestly priced wine from Campania that was interesting. The atmosphere was lively for a Tuesday lunchtime with a high proportion of business diners. Whilst I wouldn't say that the food was innovative we enjoyed everything we ate and the final bill was modest for a good restaurant in this upmarket region of London.

  • Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Genuine Italian Cuisine at its best”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

First time here - staff and service could not be better - friendly and passionate about their work. they had a guest Michelin starred chef in on 21.3.14 and for 3 of us they allowed us to take all four courses on offer and share between 3 along with their matched wine. Same for dessert. Created some extra washing up for them but food was great to try and all was excellent. This is likely to become a regular favourite. They have an upstairs smarter restaurant and a bistro type offering on the ground floor with a lovely bar. There is a cooking school here too which says something.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Colin B
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New Milton, United Kingdom
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“Dinner at Caffe Caldesi”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

A favourite of ours for years but, whilst I had a delicious meal from start to finish, my wife's smoked salmon starter and ravioli main were both disappointing, in both cases the portions being mean.

Visited March 2014
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