Stef’s – outstanding Italian restaurant off Oxford Street

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One of the first things you’re likely to encounter on entering Stef’s is a warm greeting from the friendly Italian staff. It’s an authentic, independent Italian restaurant which easily sets itself apart from the big Italian-themed restaurant chains across London and the UK.

I first came here three years ago with an Italian friend and she was smitten (which was a good enough indicator to me of its standards). At that time, there was a dinner promotion on: two courses and a glass of prosecco with starter plates like cured beef with parmesan; parma ham platter or beef mozzarella salads and you could choose a main course of any pasta or pizza dish (for about £12 each). The food quality was excellent, service was notably friendly, and I was more than happy to come here again.

So three years on, is Stef’s still as good?

On our lunchtime visit yesterday, service was prompt and very helpful even if waiting staff weren’t as overtly flamboyant as on previous occasions.

We shared a starter of calamari fritti with tartare sauce @ £6.75 – very tasty and tender and quite a large portion for sharing.

For main courses, we had Tonno Alla Griglia @ £14.95 – a beautifully cooked tuna steak (I had mine rare) on a bed of spinach and cherry tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar and served with a side dish of seasonal vegetables and potatoes; Bistecca di Manzo ai tre Pepi @ £15.95 (sirloin steak with a fabulous light brandy cream and three peppercorn sauce) and Crespoline di Formaggio Caprino e Porcini @ £11.95 (pancakes rolled with goats cheese and wild porcini, served on a bed of rocket with cherry tomatoes and roasted garlic – absolutely gorgeous!).

This was all washed down with a couple of bottles of carefully selected (with help from the waiter) dry house white wines (around £16 a bottle – a good selection and reasonably priced) and followed with a panna cotta @ £4.95.

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tuna steak

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steak with peppercorn sauce

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side veggies

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panna cotta with mango sauce

Stef’s serves top class Italian food with real care and attention. It’s a fairly large and comfortable restaurant and conviently located in central London, just off Oxford Street (Tottenham Court Road end).

So yes – pleasingly, Stef’s is still as good as it used to be.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Italian
~ Address: 3 Berners Street, London
~ Postcode: W1T 3LD
~ Tel: 020 3073 1041
~ Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road
~ Website + menus: Stef’s website
~ Location: Stef’s map

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One Response

  1. Italian cuisine is characterized by its extreme simplicity, with many dishes having only four to eight ingredients.[9] Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.[10] Ingredients and dishes vary by region. Many dishes that were once regional, however, have proliferated with variations throughout the country.

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