Review on Quirinale
Named after Rome's presidential palace (and one of the ancient 'seven hills'), Quirinale stands almost in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament and naturally attracts politicians of all parties, as well as its share of Westminster tourists. The restaurant occupies a bright, contemporary basement with capacious cream leather banquettes, limed floorboards and pastel colour schemes.
The top-end Italian menu has strong regional overtones with homemade pasta as a real vote winner: try the lasagne of salt cod and artichokes with potato purée or tortelli filled with radicchio and chestnuts with quail ragù. Other poll-topping items are marinated mackerel with sprouting broccoli purée, Parmesan-crusted veal with creamed spinach and black truffle, and desserts such as poached pears stuffed with pistachio, Amaretti and walnuts.
The cheeseboard also deserves applause: it's a fine selection of Italian farmhouse cheeses from small enterprises jazzed up with excellent condiments and preserves, also from artisan producers. The extensive wine list provides an exhaustive tour of the region's and native grape varieties, with a few French bottles added as an afterthought.
Quirinale is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express