Review of Strada Richmond

The winter solstice is just around the corner which means one thing, we need comfort food. Anything laden with carbohydrates will do, as long as it satisfies an empty stomach on a freezing cold day and helps prepare us for hibernation.

Pizza, pasta and bread are three of my favourite things, usually year round but especially during the colder months and for some reason I don’t feel as guilty eating them when it’s miserable outside.

Strada is a Richmond favourite which produces consistently good Italian food. They have recently launched a new menu and on a cold and horrendously wet night, I had the chance to try a number of dishes along with a friend.

The evening began with a glass of Val D’oca Millesimato Prosecco at £6.45, it was good quality fizz. While looking over the menu we made our way through the selection of breads which were served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for £4.25. It included bread sticks, deliciously salty flat bread and cubes of focaccia.

To start we shared the garlicky king prawns at £7.25. They were big and juicy, five of them covered in white wine, chili and parsley. They came with a slice of ciabatta which I gather was for mopping up the beautiful oily mess they left behind.

We also shared a risotto (£10.95) which sounded busy but turned out to be surprisingly balanced. I tend to like them with only two to three key ingredients but this one had a whopping eight. Green beans, edamame beans, spring onions, courgettes, spinach, fresh mint, grilled asparagus and parmesan (of course).

There were enough green vegetables in there to fight any winter cold. But somehow it worked well, the rice was perfectly cooked and it was creamy but not too thick. It was the winning dish of the evening.

For mains we shared a further two dishes, firstly the Pizza Rustica at £12.95. It had a thin base which we loved and was topped with tomato, mozzarella, Luganega sausage, artichokes, capers, caramelised onions, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh oregano. It was kaleidoscope of colour and rich flavours which came together magnificently.

Our second main was the Bistecca di Manzo at £17.95. It was a decent sized piece of sirloin served with rosemary potatoes. The highlight of the dish was undoubtedly the peppercorn sauce which we decided should cover the meat and veg as it was simply incredible.

photoThey had a good range of Italian wines from a mix of regions. We chose the Piccini Chianti Classico DOCG from Tuscany at £19.95. Most Italian reds are very good and this one did not disappoint.

We progressed onto dessert despite feeling a little guilty from what had already crossed the table. We tried the Chocolate Fondant at £5.50 which was divine with a rich oozy centre along with the Tiramisu for £5.25, it was one of the best I’ve had in London.

We rolled out of the restaurant having completely forgotten about the woeful conditions outside. We had achieved comfort from food and were ready to face the weather again.

Overall 7/10

Reservations – yes

Website – yes

Contact details here.

How does Strada describe itself? ‘A contemporary Italian restaurant serving simple, freshly prepared dishes using the finest and freshest ingredients.’