I spotted Legare on a friend’s Instagram, who said it was the best meal she had eaten in a long time, so I was immediately intrigued. I was looking for a table of 16 people for a work event, and Legare happened to be in the perfect area. Right from the booking process the service from Jay and his team were brilliant; they recommended a sharing/platter style menu, which I thought would work perfectly for the big group and give everyone a chance to try different things and eat more or less depending on their appetite. The restaurant is down by Tower Bridge, so it’s in a lovely, central location and it’s not huge, which makes it an intimate dining experience. Our table of 16 took up at least half of the restaurant, but it worked really well. I would definitely dine here again, as a large group or as a couple.
When we arrived, we were welcomed and seated at our table, which was set with our menus for the evening; this was a great touch because it stopped me having to tell everyone what we were having! The team were helpful when it came to ordering wine for the table and we were continuously topped up throughout the evening. The food was brought out in different waves and at a perfect pace; we had plenty of time to enjoy each course, but we weren’t waiting ages for the next one. The first thing we received was bread with olive oil, and we were all raving about the food already! The bread was incredible, and the saltiness of the olive oil made it even tastier. We were also given meat platters that included mortadella, which I love.
Next up was an insane plate of Stracciatella (the inside of burrata) with sobrasada de Iberico, which is similar to nduja. It was drizzled with Chiavalon olive oil and served with more bread, all of which resulted in one of my favourite dishes of the evening. This was followed by a dish that wasn’t as well received by the table, but that just meant more for me! It was chicory with a shallot vinaigrette and Cantabrian anchovies – light, refreshing and salty. Some people weren’t keen on the anchovies, but I thought it was tasty and good addition before the pasta.
We were served 2 pastas: pappardelle with fennel sausage and cavolo nero ragu, and linguine with Dorset clams. The linguine came out first and oh my god it was amazing. The pasta was so fresh, and it had (what I think was) a buttery sauce with chilli, which I could not get enough of – I even ordered MORE bread to soak it up. I loved this one so much I didn’t think I would be fussed for the pappardelle, but I love that too! Again, you could taste how fresh the pasta was and it wasn’t heavy or chewy at all; the flavours were just amazing.
I arrived very hungry, but by this point I was getting quite full. However, as soon as the cannoli arrived I wasted no time stuffing it in my face! These were another highlight of the meal for me. The pastry was light and crunchy, and the pistachio cream filling was to die for. Each cannoli was a reasonable size, but I still managed to eat 1 and a half. The other dessert we received was chocolate cremoso with hazelnut brittle, which was also yummy, but I’d already fallen in love with the cannoli.
What’s funny is that I always say I’m not a huge fan of Italian food because I can find it a little boring, but what I should really say is that I’m not a huge fan of bad Italian food. This meal was incredible, and I loved it, there was absolutely nothing boring about it. It’s definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in London (if not the best) and I would go back in a heartbeat. Thanks, Iona, for the brilliant recommendation and thanks to the Legare team for a wonderful evening, filled with plenty of delicious food.
Atmosphere – 4.5
Food – 5
Price – 4.5
Service – 5
Total – 19/20