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September 4, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

Top London Restaurant: Babbo, Mayfair

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

London, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Babbo fits perfectly on this prestigious street in Mayfair, its elegant décor and formal service harking back to an era of classic Italian dining. Among the well-heeled clientele, you’ll spot a scattering of Italians, who’ve picked out this place for good reason.

The simple touches work best here. From the starters, the burrata with cherry tomato and basil is a beautiful blend of cream and mozzarella, which collapses pleasingly when punctured with a fork. The salmon and sea bass carpaccio is well presented and tender, complemented by a strawberry vinaigrette garnish.

The fresh tagliolini is light but firm to the bite, providing a fine bed to the lobster and salsa di Pachino, a Sicilian tomato sauce. From the south tip of Sicily to the French border in the north, the Ligurian tapenade of olives and capers brings out the flavor of the wild sea bass fillet, accompanied by crispy croccante di patate and sweet roasted peppers.

You’ll want a pause before dessert, but this is an easy ambiance to get comfy in, the muted tones and plush furnishings inviting you to stay and enjoy a good bellyful of courses. Highlights from the sweets include the layered meringue with zabaglione foam, thyme, aromatized peach and peach sorbet, and the apple tart with hot caramel sauce and cinnamon ice cream.

For a more exclusive setting for up to 12 guests, book the private dining room upstairs. Diners can choose from the restaurant menu or a bespoke menu prepared in consultation with guests.

Phone: +44 (0)20 3205 1099
Address: 39 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4JQ, UK

See more top London restaurants in the Elite Guide to London

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