Review on L'Anima
L'Anima is a swanky restaurant located in the borderlands between Shoreditch and the City. The name meaning 'soul' has been given the de-luxe design treatment - all slick minimalist Italian - with white leather chairs, green-toned marble and swathes of limestone adding expressive chic to the glass-box of a dining room.
The food showcases dishes from the Italian regions with Moorish influences in some of the bold, spicy and aromatic flavours on show. Seafood, vegetables and fruit eclipse meat and dairy products, and a signature dish of zitoni pasta with n'duja and aubergines show the style. Also worth noting are a Sardinian fish stew with fregola (a couscous-like grain), risotto with courgette flowers and Mazara shrimps and wild sea bass with a herb and salt crust. Meat lovers could go for Sicilian rabbit stew or grilled veal T-bone, while desserts promise rhubarb tart with its own sorbet or roasted peach with Amaretto and lavender.
The wine list explores the Italian regions in living detail, but gives a cursory nod to other wine making countries - although choice is far from predictable. Prices shouldn't threaten anyone with platinum plastic to wave around. Weekday breakfasts are tailored to the early-birds.
L'Anima is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 11.45 - 3.00pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 5.30 - 11.00pm Mon-Sat (11.30pm Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express