Exquisite Italian fine dining in the heart of Belgravia. With chic interiors, waiters in crisp white jackets, table-side theatre – old school glamour has arrived. Introducing Il Pompero.
Authentic Italian Dining Has Landed
Il Pompero, helmed by Head Chef, Claudi Covino, is everything you could want from a chic dinner in London. Set in boutique hotel, The Hari – enter through the NYC – like lobby of the hotel straight into indulgence.
Sink into deep, lush green leathers in circular cosy booths with lots of lovely natural light. Black and white retro tiles line the floors. Brick work is exposed and the Italian staff could not be friendlier. If you just want to pop by for a glass Champagne and sit at the bar, then you can too. Most noteworthy, is that it will be served in an elegant coupe glass by a handsome waiter in a crisp white jacket.
Perfect For Long Long Lunches
First things first, we were served the most supreme bread basket brimming with fresh, warm delights.
Once we had finished our delicious plate of antipasti it was onto main course. All the fish options on the menu look just as mouth-watering as the next. We opted for three options between two of us as it was all too delicious! The sea bream in salt crust was a particular favourite. Food theatre at its finest! Served at the table, it looked like an big block of salt when it arrived. Tapping gently, the crust began to fall off exposing the most beautiful silky fish we’d ever seen.
It is touches like this that only add to your experience at Il Pompero. As a result, the delivery of food is exceptional. Served simply with buttered spinach and lemon this dish was bellisimo!
Then the tagliolini cacao e pepe. Wow. The creamy, fresh pasta was swirled around an enormous wheel of Pecorino cheese, again at our table. Just wow.
Finally, their signature Lobster Pappardelle dish. We can most certainly understand why it’s their signature.
Make Room For Dessert
This tiramisu was unique and flawlessly executed. A layer of sponge, topped with a block of mascarpone in addition to a crumbling of nuts and lashings of dark chocolate. More table drama ensued because a shot of espresso was then poured into the top. The textures and tastes perfectly complimented one another. A winning combination. The raspberry sacher whilst also great, is quite big if you’re just wanting a small dessert so you could easily share this dish.
Finally, the only thing that could make this restaurant better? Hopping upstairs and spending the night in one of The Hari’s bedrooms. They also come complete with Mario Testino and Damien Hurst arts works on the walls as well as stunning views across London.
How To Book
Il Pampero, 20 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8HQ
020 3189 4850
Take It From Us
- REVIEW IN ONE WORD: Fresh
- BEST TABLE: Most tables are in window lined booths - these are lovely. For a more informal experience or just for a drink, sit at the impressive bar in the centre of the restaurant.
- AVERAGE PRICE PER PERSON (including 2 course, half a bottle of wine): Approx. £65 (mains £12.50 - £38)
- UNIQUE SELLING POINT: Italian excellence without having to get on a plane to Italy.
- WHAT TO WEAR: City chic in the evening. Lunch time, there is much more of a business vibe.
- WHAT WE LOVED: The table-side theatre! Designed to expose some of the cooking techniques which we would otherwise stay in the kitchen.
- WHAT WE DIDNT LOVE: Leaving
- HOW TO GET THERE: Closest tube: Sloane Square, Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge.