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by Sarah Brown


Neon Reviews: Theo’s Simple Italian

Theo Randall the renowned British chef recently opened Theo’s Simple Italian at Hotel Indigo® in Kensington. Neon’s foodie Sarah gave it a try…

So I love Theo Randall. This love developed from trying the ‘Cappelletti Di Vitello’ from the Theo Randall at the Intercontinental tent at Taste of London Festival. In order to keep my burning fire of desire alive I tried his new casual dining restaurant in Kensington: Theo’s Simple Italian.

I chose the absolutely delicious ‘Pappardelle with an oxtail ragout’ for my starter. The pasta came al dante and tasted fresh and the oxtail was perfectly cooked in the ragout that brought out its intense flavour. It’s worth noting this dish comes as a main course which would be a great choice for Autumn/Winter.

For the main I had the pretty-much-perfect ‘Pan Fried Sea Bream with Grilled Vedgetables’. The fish slipped off the bone and went well with the sweet tomatoes, chargrilled asparagus, salty olives and courgettes that were either crispy and smokey or soft and bursting with flavour. This dish ticked all of my boxes and is highly recommended for anyone looking for a healthy and delicious meal in London (which is pretty much everyone I know).


Perfectly seasoned Pan Fried Sea Bream with grilled vegetables 🐟 by @trsimpleitalian

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For dessert I chose the gluten-free ‘Vanilla Sponge Cake with Italian Chantilly’ and was rather disappointed by its dry and flavourless nature. I mean anyone who goes for a gluten-free dessert (and is not celiac) deserves what misery lies before them.  You could argue I’m addicted to sugar and have an inability to appreciate subtly but yes, not recommended. Soz my love.

Overall, Theo’s Simple Italian wasn’t particularly innovative or original but that was not its aim. The restaurant provides simple, delicious and reasonably priced italian food within a relaxed and comfortable environment. Highly recommended for anyone who is tired of faddy-hipster food and is looking for a classic, healthy and reliable Italian meal. Just don’t go gluten-free…

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A musician who loves a tasty beer with a game of table tennis swiftly followed by an aperol and a good dance at a festival. You can find Sarah writing about all of the above in her favourite Streatham coffee shops... with a carrot cake firmly by her side.

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