In the bustling heart of Soho, where culinary traditions intertwine with modernity, an Italian dining institution, 40 Dean Street, has gracefully presided for two decades, attracting celebrities like Brad Pitt, Rupert Everett, and Princess Beatrice to its tables. Today, a new chapter unfolds in this gastronomic saga as 64 Old Compton Street joins the family, a mere two-minute saunter from the distinguished 40.
Approaching 64, the bold crimson façade hints at the vibrant energy within. Inside, the dining room envelops you in deep indigo tones and tasteful antiques, casting an aura of intimate opulence that’s nothing short of a journey to the heart of Italy itself.
Begin your culinary voyage of Mediterranean flavours as you savour the superb pairing of Fried Squid and Zucchini accompanied by the rich Aioli Sauce. Or explore the artful Mozzarella Arancini, these crispy orbs of risotto are filled with a rich mixture of wild mushrooms, truffle, and smoked mozzarella. Each bite uncovers a harmonious blend of textures and earthy aromas. Both dishes elegantly lay the foundation for a memorable dining experience.
As we progress to the heart of the meal, the Lobster Linguine is a standout. This dish encapsulates the essence of 64, where the silky strands of linguine entwine with succulent lobster in a symphony of flavours that is as extravagant as it is comforting. This culinary work of art finds its ideal companion in the form of an opulent Shellfish Bisque, enriched with brandy and perfectly complemented by the bright notes of cherry tomatoes.
The Tiger Prawn Linguine is a delectable embodiment of the spirit of Italy, a culinary sojourn that tantalises the taste buds with the vibrancy of coastal cuisine. This dish seamlessly combines perfectly cooked pasta with the bold and aromatic notes of garlic, chilies, and the delightful sweetness of tiger prawns, all lovingly embraced by a velvety white wine sauce.
Directing our focus to the culmination of this charming dining experience, the Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Pistachio Ice Cream is a sweet indulgence that awaits at the end of your meal. This scintillating dessert features a creamy, salted caramel cheesecake, crowned with the irresistible allure of pistachio ice cream. And if you’re a fan of Italian classics, the Pistachio Tiramisu is a delightful twist on tradition. This reimagined Tiramisu features the addition of pistachio, infusing the layers of mascarpone, coffee-soaked ladyfingers, and crushed pistachios that dances on the palate. It’s a creative take on a beloved classic that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.
To complement this gastronomic voyage, 64 offers a meticulously curated cocktail collection. This assembly includes in-house creations like the beguiling Refuel Martini, a blend of watermelon juice, sugar syrup, and Stolichnaya vodka, alongside a lineup of timeless classics. The wine list, though concise, predominantly highlights Italian vintages, serving as a harmonious companion to the culinary symphony. In an inclusive gesture, 64 extends a warm welcome to well-mannered canine companions, enhancing the restaurant’s convivial atmosphere.
64 Old Compton Street emerges as a promising addition to Soho’s ever-evolving culinary landscape. Whether your allegiance lies with the urbane older sibling, 40 Dean Street, or you’re eager to embrace the vibrant newcomer, 64, it’s an Italian family business that adds another layer of richness to Soho’s culinary tapestry.