Italian cuisine is always a good idea. But it is not easy to find a place with good food. Earlier in September I went to the launch of the QP Lounge, underneath the renown QP Ldn Restaurant (previously Quattro Passi -the sister restaurant to the two Michelin-starred Quattro Passi in Nerano, Italy). I was intrigued to give it a try.
Situated in the heart of Mayfair on the fashionable Dover Street next to the Victoria Beckham and Christian Louboutin boutiques, the place boasts Italian food from Amalfi coast. The restaurant’s high-end contemporary design has been re-worked to incorporate modern artwork including triangular shaped wall sculptures in bold primary colours. Other luxurious features include an illuminated marble-like staircase and bar, and organic shapes and textures including hand-sculpted leather wall finishes, French silk wallpaper, and fibre optic chandelier lights made from thousands of tiny silk petals. Capable of accommodating 100 people seated and 160 standing, with diners being able to enjoy al fresco dining, socializing and smoking on the outdoor sidewalk terrace.
Remaining under the culinary direction of two Michelin-starred Italian chef Antonio Mellino and his two sons Raffaele and Fabrizio, staying true to its roots in Amalfi coast inspired cooking. Mellino is the chef owner of Quattro Passi in Nerano, who received recognition and praise for his artisanal freshly-made pasta and simple seafood dishes. Mellino is considered to be a master in pasta making, and his freshly-made then dried pastas are made on premises by the QP LDN kitchen staff. The attentive service is also a great point to note, they made sure everything is good and well-served.
All pasta dishes can be substituted with gluten-free pasta options, and a variety of super food salads have also been introduced to the menu including Insalata Di Quinoa, Melograno E Verdure Croccanti (quinoa salad with pomegranate and mixed vegetables), and Insalata Di Rapa Rossa, Formaggio Di Capra E Ceci (beetroot and goat cheese salad with chickpeas).
Mine was lobster linguine and my friend ordered the vegetarian version with zucchini and parmesan cheese. Good portion and really freshly made.
The restaurant is renowned for its signature Gelato Al Pistacchio, freshly made Pistachio ice cream made in-house using Sicilian Bronte pistachios – an essential ingredient in many Italian delicacies. But we picked hazelnut and chocolate mousse instead (which is really delicious).
Thank you for a great evening- such a treat after fashion week!
34 Dover St, London W1S 4NG
Lunch 12pm to 3pm; Dinner 6:30pm to 10:30pm