Disiac Soho – Review

Disiac – Seduction and Style in Soho:

How long has it taken me to work out where the name of this chic Mediterranean eatery came from?  Perhaps longer than might be expected, indeed it wasn’t until I went to check out a few details on their website that I found ‘aphrodisiac’ on their page links and the penny dropped.  It’s new, somewhere I’d never heard of until I was invited to review,  but somewhere that deserves to be discovered.  Outside, a quiet frontage, inside a modern space that has been carefully planned to provide  table and bar space whatever you are looking for.  The back of the restaurant has private dining spaces, where you could sit all evening, drinking and eating  in comfort.  At the front, there’s a window bar and seating all the way round the open kitchen.  It’s modern without being squeakily uncomfortable and oozes Italian styling.  Look up at the pictures though, monochrome bondage prints, so discrete you might not ever notice.

disiac bar

The menu created by executive chef Paolo Palmisano and head chef Michele de Rosa (previously at Cecconi’s) is a great mix of fresh seafood dishes – oysters, seafood platters and lobster – with a few pasta and meat treats for those of us who are stalwart carnivores.  There’s also a set lunch option for just £9.50 and £13.50 for two and three courses respectively. Visiting the day after I’d been to an oyster event was perhaps not the ideal schedule, because the seafood platters we saw being presented to other diners did look spectacular.  And my dining companion was lusting after one.  In the end we compromised.

disiac fig and walnut salad2

We started with a serving of burrata served with a salad of raddiccio and cherry tomatoes and a dish of roasted figs, wild rocket, tallegio and honeyed walnuts.  Both great dishes with good flavour combinations, fresh ingredients and generous helpings!

disiac burrata

Our compromise was that my dining companion ordered lobster, while I chose a warming wild boar ragu on pasta.  The ragu was deep, tender and melting, exactly as I remember the dish from my last trip to Tuscany and although not a ‘flagship’ dish for Disiac one that was exceptionally well executed.

disiac wild boar ragu

My companion’s lobster was, well…perhaps the picture here says more than any words.

disiac lobster

There is a limited choice of desserts, my companion’s tiramisu looked pretty and was eaten quickly before I could get a taste. Despite the fact that there are clearly two teaspoons there!

disiac tiramisu

I chose the apostles fingers – mostly out of curiosity.  Ricotta filled pancakes with a chocolate sauce were perhaps a little heavier than I expected, but then I’ve been spoilt with fresh ricotta in Sicily and I’m not sure how easy it is to find over here.

disiac dessert apostles fingers

Part of the joy of this place is that the food is cooked RIGHT in front of you (especially if you sit around the open kitchen).  If you like the theatre of dining out and enjoy very fresh food this should be on your list.  There are sensibly priced cocktails, a wine list with an emphasis on Italian wines and fizz and in the evenings, live music.  You can eat, relax and generally have a good time in intimate surrounding and end up with a reasonable bill.

 
Disclosure: I dined at Disiac by invitation of the restaurant

disiac

 

Disiac, 6 Greek Street, London W1D 4ED  Tel: 020 7734 3888

 
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4 / 5 stars     
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Comments

  1. Fiona, I’m going to have to stop reading your posts! They always make me so hungry. The food at Disiac looks amazing! I hate that I’m all the way over in the States and won’t be able to visit soon. I hope you enjoyed the delicious food for both of us!

  2. I agree, Cari, lol. Everything always looks so delicious. I want to abandon my diet and tag along with Fiona :)

  3. The place looks stunning and the food looks great.

  4. Hi
    We recently used the groupon vouchers to enjoy a plate of seafood. The evening started with a phone all to say gas wasn’t working hence our sitting was cancelled. We contacted them an hour later and all been sorted and then we ventured to the restaurant. We received no apology for the Inconvince but felt tht the waiter tried very hard to sell more food to us which we really didn’t want. He was very unhappy when we didn’t select items from the menu other then what we came for. Also, please be aware that you do not receive a dessert menu or price list but rather get explained whts on offer. a chocolate drink of martini costs £12.00. WeI found his attitude was very negative and offensive and when we asked for a dessert menu he was so unhelpful . He had very poor customer service and for that reason we refused to leave a tip!!!!

    It’s a shame the service was so poor but the food was good and dessert was delicious. However , we will not be venturing back there !!!!!

    • The service is generally good if you go to review a restaurant…but to be honest it looked fine on the afternoon we were there for everyone else there too (I generally try to see if everyone else is looking happy). It wasn’t especially busy though (again a bit of a function of doing reviews, I tend to go during the day so I can take a photo of the food. I have to say, there wasn’t really a choice of dessert when I was there either…just the two dishes we tried, which were good.

      I’m sorry you had a bad experience and I think the right thing to do was not leave a tip in the circumstances. But, I’m glad the food was good…and hopefully the service was a one off…

      I’d be interested to hear of any other experiences…

  5. AS per Alka’s comments, we also recently used the groupon vouchers to enjoy a plate of seafood. We also felt that the waiter tried very hard to sell more food to us which we really didn’t want. Definitely, be aware that you do not receive a dessert menu or price list but rather get explained whats on offer, to the extent of forceful persuasion, to try out speciality drinks and/or deserts without stating prices. We found this intimidating and when we asked for a dessert menu he just joked it all off, insisting that he would bring over the speciality desert for us without stating the price! The bill amounted to an unexpected huge amount despite the groupon vouchers, service charge was included in the bill and for that reason we refused to leave a tip!!!!

    It’s a shame the service was so poor but the food was good and dessert was delicious. However , we will not be venturing back there !!!!!

    • I think it’s a shame that groupon have used my (nothing to do with groupon) review of the main menu as a way to generate business. But all I can do is keep reiterating that I was invited to try the full menu as a guest of the restaurant and that is NOT the same as buying a discount voucher for part of the menu.

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