The Giaconda Dining Rooms, one of London’s hidden gems

One of my foodie friends once said to me “go to The Giaconda Dining Room, you will like it” and he was very, very right. Sometimes it is so nice to have friends that know you! This was a few years ago and ever since I have been coming back here and every time the food has been lovely. There are no frills just fresh produce, great flavour combinations cooked to perfection. It makes for a pretty great concept! I also love the fact that no one rushes you, so many restaurants start to stress you to make sure they have the table back within the two hours you have been allocated.

They closed for a refurb and the new Giaconda is lovely, it has a whole new section and it is bigger and airer without loosing any of  its nice atmosphere.

For starters I had a poached egg salad, lardons & croutons, it was a mix of soft egg, salty lardons and crisp salad. Lovely comfort food.


My friend had a marinade of raw salmon with fennel and avocado, as nice as it looked.


We had a bottle of Sancerre “La Vigne Blanche” to go with the lunch and it was crisp and light.

For mains I had pan roasted cod with beetroot gnudi and potatoes. The gnudi (it is like a light gnocchi) was light and soft. The roast garlic was delicious and the cod flaky and the flavour combination lovely.


The other main course was Duck breast with black pudding and prunes as the black pudding seemed to call out and the combination with the duck made us curious. It was, like the other dishes, delicious.


After the starter and the main course we had no room for dessert but lingered over the last of the wine and enjoyed a cup of coffee. They were closing down but no one rushed us, the food was lovely and the staff very professional and friendly making sure you always feel welcome! Will I be back? Oh yes!


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