Chucs Serpentine – Classic Italian Food in a Stunning Setting
September 2, 2018
If you’re heading to Hyde Park, then you must make time to pop into Chucs restaurant and café.
Sat next to the Serpentine lake and Serpentine Sackler Gallery, it’s worth it for the stunning setting alone – but trust me, you won’t be disappointed by the food.
The décor is stylish but welcoming, and with all-day dining (9am to 9pm last orders) on offer, it’s a place to take all the family, furry friends included (in certain areas only).
There is also a £25 set menu available, and a takeaway option, so you can enjoy some al fresco dining in the park.
The latest UK branch of Chucs – there are three others in London; Dover Street, Westbourne Grove and Harrods – opened its doors in April this year, on the site which was formerly The Magazine.
Although it offers relaxed dining in the day, it’s still a special place at night – there were a couple of birthday celebrations going on when we visited.
We were greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival, before enjoying a three-course meal from the all-day menu, which has classic Italian as well as Mediterranean offerings.
Starters were Tomato Gazpacho (£12.50) – I’m not a particular fan of cold soups, but this one hit the spot – and the Burrata with Rocket Pesto and Truffle Oil (£13), which was simply presented, but went down a treat.
For main course, I opted for the Pan-fried Salmon Fillet with Chilli Pak Choi and Samphire (£19), which was absolutely delicious.
My friend had the Bigoli cacio e Pepe (£17) – a Chucs signature pasta dish – which literally translates to cheese and pepper in Italian. Simple, but melt in the mouth.
One of the highlights of the meal was the side order of courgette fries (which we’d never had before), as recommended by our waiter. And he was right, you must order the Zucchini Fritti (£6.50)!
Somehow, we ended up with three puddings (all £6.50), which we didn’t complain about – the Vanilla Crème Brulee, the Banoffee Pot and the Summer Berries Pannacotta (my favourite).
The meal ended with double espressos and dessert wine, and we were having such a nice time, it was a surprise to look at my watch and realise it was after 10pm – we had sat down more than three hours earlier.
I’d like to come back to Chucs Serpentine and experience it in the daytime, and it made me realise I should really visit Hyde Park more. I’ve been missing out!
If you’re in the South of France anytime soon, Chucs has just opened a new restaurant in Saint-Tropez…
Click here for more information on all the Chucs restaurants.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Katie Wilson