Bocconcino – Italian restaurant in Mayfair, London

Before going to Bocconcino I have heard mixed reviews on this Russian-owned Italian restaurant situated in Mayfair. So it was only fair that I went with an open mind as everyone’s taste and dining experience may differ. Although, a part of me did expect the restaurant to be great as I thought “If this restaurant isn’t up to standard, how would it survive in Mayfair?” Especially when it’s a stone throw away from Novikov, Park Chinois and Nobu, other well-known restaurants on Berkeley street. On the other hand, some reviews I have read seem to put the restaurant on a rather average rating.



Thinking about it, I do have to say I tend to be somewhat biased. Usually I’m not very fond of venturing out to Italian restaurants because I haven’t been to many that I find really good and satisfying, there’s so many Italian chains on the high street and I can easily cook pasta at home or get a pizza delivery.
But after dining at Bocconcino, my views have slightly changed and this restaurant is definitely worth recommending. The interior decor of the restaurant looked classy and elegant which is perfect for a date night or for a small group of family and friends to catch up with each other over a glass of wine and decent plates of food. The service was great and the staff were really attentive and friendly. 


So the evening started off with perfectly pan-seared juicy scallops served with creamy cauliflower purée and bottarga. We couldn’t fault this dish at all as we enjoyed this dish a lot and we finished off the whole plate. 

We ordered the Andria burrata with aubergine and pesto to share. When I saw this on the menu I was attracted to it instantly as I love all the components of this dish. When it came, the burrata was fresh with a liquid-creamy, luxurious centre and the soft aubergine were chopped into good bite-sized chunks. However, I found the dish to be a bit bland. The burrata needed a bit of salt to enhance the flavours as the only element that we tasted was the pesto. I recently tried the burrata at Padella which I preferred more but they over-seasoned it with salt. So I am still on the quest to find the perfect burrata that is to my taste.

The third dish we ordered for starters was the baby octopus in Luciana style. The broth was delicious and packed full of flavours and the portion size was generous so we couldn’t finish it off as we knew we had the mains and desserts to look forward to.


For mains, the pasta I ordered was excellent and the dish was very flavoursome, unlike chain restaurants where sometimes I tend to find the pasta to be either too dry or bland as the flavours of the seafood, meat or sauce generally isn’t infused in with the pasta. Yet, when I tried the lobster linguine at Bocconcino, I can say that it’s one of the best ones I’ve had. The pasta was infused with flavours, you could taste that the dish was cooked as a whole and it was pretty hard to not finish every strand of the linguine.

My friend ordered the Scottish beef fillet. The beef fillet was juicy but it was slightly more over-cooked than we would have liked it as we both like our beef to be cooked to medium-rare. Yet, my friend really enjoyed the grilled tomato that came with the fillet. We were both surprised as my friend doesn’t normally eat tomatoes. Hearing someone that previously hated tomatoes complimenting and thoroughly enjoying it was like seeing a total solar eclipse, rare but not impossible. 

The meal was finished off perfectly with desserts, which we ordered Millefoglie and Tiramisu. Both desserts were beautifully presented. Tiramisu is one of my favourite Italian desserts but on this occasion my friend preferred it more whereas I was won over by the Milliefoglie. The flavours of the coffee and alcohol in the Tiramisu was strong. The Milliefoglie was more delicate, the sweet pastry was thin and crispy and it was a delight when paired with Chantilly cream, raspberry coulis and chocolate. 

Overall, we had such a wonderful evening and we ended up staying there for more than three hours but we never felt rushed and the staff came over to talk to us and offered us limoncello and coffee afterwards.

Address: 19 Berkeley St, Mayfair London, W1J 8ED

Website: http://www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

Have you been to any Italian restaurant recently that’s worth recommending? 

Would love to know what’s your favourite Italian restaurant, please feel free to share with us. 

Love, 

Louise x

Must Go To Places In Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Tower

So during the beginning of this year I visited Tokyo for the first time with one of my best friend and I can truly say it’s an amazing city and you definitely have to put it on your bucket list if you haven’t done so already. I hope to share with you some of the great places, food and things I’ve seen over there so if you do visit, make sure you don’t miss out.

This was a multi-trip journey and my first stop was Tokyo before I headed to Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. We booked our flights to stay in Tokyo for 6 days, but we soon discovered that it was a huge mistake. There was absolutely no way we could have visited all the places we wanted to and eat at every single restaurant we researched about because there’s just so much going on in that city that everywhere seems to be a tourist attraction.

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Food for Thought – Plagiarism

Sorry guys I’ve been a bit busy and lazy with my blog this year but those that follow me on my Instagram knows that I’ve still been active on other platforms of social media.

But before I move onto writing the next post (my little Tokyo diary), I want just to share a little something that happened recently and it made me annoyed and frustrated because it’s out of my control. It made me think whether I should even continue blogging, but then again it’s inevitable and there will always be people like that out there.

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Whistle and Bango New Bespoke Bangles

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Who?

Whistle and Bango is a British jewellery brand launched in 2013 by Ania and Rosie. They create a range of beautifully embossed enamel bangles that can be custom made with a personal touch to it.

They have been featured on GQ, Vogue, Elle, Stylist, Hello, The Evening Standard, Reveal and The Daily Mail and seen on many of the Made In Chelsea cast.

What?

In the past I have been contacted several times by various jewellery brands that would like me to become one of their brand ambassadors. However, I often have no interest in collaborating with these organisations if it is an unknown brand to me and I cannot see myself wearing those pieces of jewellery as it doesn’t fit in with my style.

This is the first time I am collaborating with a jewellery brand and I chose Whistle and Bango.

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Moti Mahal – Sake & Spice Event

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To celebrate Moti Mahal’s 10th anniversary, I was invited to their special Sake and Spice event.

This event showcased a special menu of authentic Indian food matched with Japanese sake. When I heard about this I was intrigued as I’ve never tried or even thought about this combination. Wine is generally the more common beverage that is served with Indian cuisine.

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Blueprint Café

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Blueprint Café, a restaurant situated in London’s Design Museum. It is amongst the top on Timeout’s list of London restaurants with the best views.

Whilst I was seated in the restaurant, I just could not take my eyes off the amazing, spectacular views of the London skyline. Offering a panoramic view from Tower Bridge and Gherkin , in the West, spanning across and along the shimmering Thames to the extensive views of the financial district, Canary Wharf, in the East.

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