Review on Alba

Taking its name from Alba's highly prized white truffles, this family-run Italian is discreetly tucked away in a back street almost within earshot of the Barbican (special set menus are tailored for the culture vultures).

The kitchen takes most of its inspiration from the cuisine of Piedmont, although other regional and modern ideas flesh out the repertoire. Some curiosities immediately catch the eye among the list of antipasti: mackerel fillet marinated in chervil vinaigrette for example. Pasta comes next – perhaps penne with scallops and artichokes or ravioli with Piedmont braised beef, butter and sage.

Hake with potatoes, olives and capers might tempt as a main course, or you might prefer a lamb stew flavoured with truffles and vegetables served with polenta. Wild mushrooms abound – as in a frittata loaded with porcini. Finish in time-honoured fashion with tiramisù or cleanse your palate with sgroppino (a glass of Prosecco and lemon sorbet).

A splendid array of Piedmontese cheeses is served with truffle honey or fruit and nuts, and there are handmade chocolates from some of finest chocolatiers in Turin. The all-Italian wine list has been chosen with great care: Piedmont naturally holds centre stage, but Tuscany makes its presence felt and most other regions are well represented. Also check out the big selection of grappas.

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.45pm Mon-Sat

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Facilities at Alba

  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • 60 covers


107 Whitecross Street
Central London

Nearest tube station: Old Street

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