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11 Park Walk, Chelsea -Bottarga Heaven

A while ago, there was a lot of chatter on twitter about a great place to have Spaghetti a la Bottarga. A few days later, I had to meet friends at the Antiques Fair in Duke of York Square and we decided to give this place a go.

11 Park Walk opened where Aubergine used to be. This new Italian is co owned by Roberto Pisano (Edera)  and John de Stefano who also owns Zafferano and Allora. The head chef of Edera, Sardinian Giancarlo Usai,  is now overseeing the kitchen at 11 Park Walk too.

This newish restaurant is conveniently located just of the main stretch of Fulham beach. On the evening we were there, the crowd started arriving about 8ish and they seemed to be more Chelsea than Fulham, with most of them looking like they qualify for a freedom pass.

The place has been set up like a smart casual local Italian restaurant where the tables are quite spaced out so you are not crammed in like some other places nearby. Check out the loos, miles of marble in there.

As you enter the restaurant, you can’t help but notice this enormous tray of black truffles on the bar. We soon found out that there was a black truffle tasting menu in addition to the ala carte offerings.

We ordered a familiar dish, the Endive Salad, as seen at Zafferano and a Frittura Misto to share. The fresh seafood and fish was delicately battered and fried until crisp. As good as the any I have had in Italy and a very generous portion for a starter. The crisp endive salad was subtlely dressed and provided a good foil to the fish.

11 Park Walk Frittura Mista

 

11 Park Walk Frittura Mista

Next of course was the decadent Spaghetti a la Bottarga, al dente pasta cooked in fish broth and richly coated  in the umami filled bottarga. The last time I had this was at Edera in Holland Park and it has left an indelible taste memory.  Each mouthful just made your senses tingle and your tastebuds sing. This is not a flavour that many people will like, as my friend politely said, “that is quite an interesting flavour”. I am now an addict, thanks to Gasto1, its all his fault.

My friend had the Malloreddusu with Italian sausage and tomato sauce. Very rich sauce, liberally spiked with pieces of the sausage and the al dente hand made pasta. It was very good too.

11 Park Walk

We didn’t have space for pudding this time but I am sure we’ll be back again very soon. So many more dishes to try on the menu like the salt crust baked sea bass / Branzino.

11 Park Walk Spaghetti a la Bottarga

The service was attentive and not overly fawning. The food is faultless and is a great new addition to the growing list of great Italian restaurants in London. The prices here are very reasonable too, considering the standard of cooking and the location. I think this is a keeper.

 

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Comments

  1. Your photos are lovely, the calamari looks so yummy!

  2. I visited 11 Park Walk last night with my friend Gilberto Caleffi an up and coming Italian house musician…what a great experience not simply a dining experience but overall an excellent night out with guidance from the superb staff on what to try and enjoy and although on this occasion I didn’t pick up the tab I’d certainly recommend it as a great Italian restaurant it was indeed superb in every way and I felt comfortable and welcomed by Roberto and his staff apologies to the matre d’ I can’t remember your name but enjoyed every second and every mouthful and the stories of sardinia definately worth a visit I agree

    Cheers
    Billy

    • London Food Blogger says:

      So glad you enjoyed it. I think it is one of the better Italian restaurants and one that people don’t talk about much. Help spread the word.

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