Franco’s Italian Restaurant, Central London – An Institution!
October 3, 2017
There’s a lot to be said for the classic Italian fine dining restaurants which have stood the test of time. Unrivaled by the never ending openings of other establishments, Franco’s in Central London, is a charming and classy, sophisticated dining establishment which continues to stands out.
Old school manners go far and Franco’s delivers this in droves, from the offer to ‘take your coat madam’ as you arrive, to asking whether you’ve had a lovely day! It’s those little things that money can’t buy… although of course cash will pay for dinner, and while we wouldn’t say it’s exactly cheap, it’s definitely an experience you won’t mind splashing the cash for either. Well, what can you expect from a restaurant which prides itself the highest of standards in every sense?
Although it was our first visit to Franco’s, Francesco, and Ainsley treated us just like the regulars which flock to Franco’s every night of the week. As if reading our minds, we were offered a crisp glass of Tattinger Brut (£15 a glass) as soon as we were seated – even more appropriate on a Tuesday evening as it was my friend’s birthday, although this is definitely the place to enjoy champagne – as many of our fellow diners were.
With a delicious menu and a whole host of specials, I was instantly sold on the Aubergine Parmigiana, as I’ve tried many times to perfect the recipe at home. Much better of course than I could ever cook up, I absolutely loved this dish. The aubergines was cooked to perfection and not the slightest bit slushy, with a perfectly thin crispy skin, topped with parmesan and mozarella, and a rich, tomato sauce separating the two.
For the main course, my friend again went for one of the specials – a Venison Ravioli truffle with parmesan. I decided to order off the menu and from the look on the waiter’s face when I ordered the Lobster linguine, I knew I was in for something special. Hearty chunks of delicious succulent lobster, lots of tomato, a dash of chili and the most perfect al dente pile of linguine equated to me being extremely pleased with my selection! So much so, that I managed to eat pretty much all of the enormous bowlful! We washed our gorgeous main dishes down with a bottle of delightful 100% 2012 Fiano, but were also pleased to see that there’s 19 wines by the glass, some amazing martinis and of course, plenty of bubbles!
To finish, I decided on the lemon tart – beautifully baked pastry, perfectly balanced lemon and even better when washed down with a limoncello, and why not?! Stacey went for the absolutely divine Tiramisiu – just the right amount of chocolate and coffee – a really gorgeous dessert.
Franco’s is a classic – one of those central London restaurants which its diners will never ever tire of. A renowned, discrete institution which is the perfect place to eat at whether it’s a sophisticated dinner or a celebration for the city boys who’ve just closed a big deal!
Get dressed up, head down to Mayfair and see what all the fuss is about!
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield