On the way home from an event, I noticed an interesting restaurant and couldn’t help but peer through the window and want to go inside. It is rare for me to feel such an instant magnetism to a restaurant, but I was curious by the striking name above the doorway, the bold white walls and the golden lights I could see twinkling inside. Located close to Liverpool Street, Canto Corvino, meaning song of the raven, serves modern Italian cuisine in a casual, yet thoughtfully designed setting.
Similar to Som Saa, there is lots of exposed brick and an industrial feel to the restaurant. The key features for me have to be the show kitchen and impressive bar, beautifully designed by the B3 interiors team.
Plants, framed pictures and lighting all assist in creating the right mood, somehow suitable for both Shoreditch hipsters at weekend brunches and entertaining business persons during the week.
Now let’s talk about the really important bit, the food. We were there on a Saturday at midday and had the brunch menu. To start we ordered the lamb ribs, with smoked aubergine, rosemary, sesame and some freshly baked focaccia. I was not sure how this would all come together as I am not a huge fan of aubergine but it was a real show stopper, the lamb was really tender and the powerful and moreish flavours in the sauce almost made me order another straight away.
This was followed by an impeccable linguine truffle carbonara with guanciale and pecorino cheese, a comforting dish with delicious and salty squares of guanciale; a more delicate and flavoursome version of pancetta. Then there was the pumpkin and spinach rotolo with hazelnuts and crispy sage, offering an incredible texture and crunch with each mouthful, a charming and very special dish.
Then there was the pumpkin and spinach rotolo with hazelnuts and crispy sage, offering an incredible texture and crunch with each mouthful, a charming and very special dish.
Least forgetting the drinks, a glass of delicious prosecco Treviso, Furlan to begin with, then a bottle of Turra di Vulcano, Syrah and as it was two for one cocktails, we had The Sinner Slush as dessert; aperol and freshly pressed orange juice that arrived with it’s very own sinful passion fruit sorbet.
The dinner menu is tempting too, look away now if you're on a strict budget.... featuring a whole host of tantalizing treats including lobster arancini, seabass cerviche, fassona beef carpaccio and salt cod ravioli. I have already gone ahead and booked this restaurant for colleagues and I next month and I know exactly what I am ordering, I really cannot wait to go back. There is also an atmospheric candlelit wine cellar which serves as a private dining room seating upto twenty four people if you're planning for a larger dinner.
The service at Canto Corvino is great, passionate and smiling staff members who welcome you into their restaurant and are clearly very proud of their food and establishment which is excellent to see. If you visit Canto Corvino for a meal and show this blog post to staff you will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco with your meal, offer available until the end of November 2017. It would be great to see photos of your prosecco moments so please do tag @City_intrigue #Cityintrigue on instagram.
Canto Corvino, 21 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, E1 7HA
For reservations call: +44 (0)207 655 0390