Getti, Jermyn Street, Piccadilly – Meeting Big Brother:
Rather sadly my regular lunch companion had to cancel our date at Getti at the last minute…so I ended up going alone. There are advantages and disadvantages to dining alone. For once I was able to concentrate completely on the food and surroundings, without the distraction of conversation. And, I could eat at my own pace (I tend to find I am being rushed a bit) and take photographs without being pestered to hurry up. But, instead of having 4 or 6 dishes to review, obviously, I was limited by what a single person could eat!
Truth be told, I rather enjoyed the experience. I have done a fair amount of dining alone before, but it has always been when I’ve been on a business trip or similar. And, as I think I’ve mentioned before, one of the benefits of blogging for me has been that it’s made me actively critical about what I am doing.
Getti is the big brother of Assaggetti which I visited a couple of weeks ago. The Jermyn St branch is less than a 5-minute walk from Assaggetti (there’s a second ‘brother’ in Marylebone High Street) . It’s somewhere I’ve meant to visit for some time so, one of my friends must have recommended it. It’s a little more formal than Assaggetti and a little more expensive with an a la carte where most starters are around £10 and mains around £20. But, there’s an express menu with two courses at £13.50 and three at £15.50 if you are dining pre-theatre or looking for a quick lunch.
I started with Capesante Saltate con Zucchine Alla Griglia – sauteed scallops and grilled courgettes. The scallops were nicely cooked, served with coral which the purist might dislike, but which for me just reinforced the ‘simplice e buona’ message on the menu. They were dressed with a herby and buttery sauce.
The main course was a very easy sell! Apparently, the special promotion of the day was a half lobster on linguine (Linguine All’Astice) served with a glass of champagne, for just under £25. I do like lobster and I love champagne.
The lobster itself was fabulous and well flavoured. I’ve been served lobster that just tastes a bit ‘watery’, perhaps because of the cooking or perhaps because of the beast itself. I asked the source of this particular crustacean and was told that they used Scottish Lobster. Thus reaffirming my love of Scottish seafood! I did find the linguine a little overwhelming and would have preferred a smaller portion of pasta, with the same amount of sauce and tomatoes. As it was, I ended up leaving about half the pasta, though all the tomatoes went, along with every scrap of lobster.
For dessert, I chose one of the smaller options and thoroughly enjoyed my rich chocolate gelato with Frangelico. It was quite a large ‘small’ dessert, but I was spying on other diners and it wasn’t just for the benefit of a review meal, other tables were also getting good, healthy appetite portions!
I enjoyed my lunch thoroughly. I’d recommend Getti for friendly, well cooked Italian food with professional service. It would be a good business lunch venue, midweek it was quiet but not dead, or work well for a pre-theatre meal if you wanted something a little more formal than Assaggetti. And make sure you are hungry!
Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of Getti
16/17 Jermyn Street
London SW1Y 6LT