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.
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.
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!
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.
My companion’s lobster was, well…perhaps the picture here says more than any words.
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!
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.
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, 6 Greek Street, London W1D 4ED Tel: 020 7734 3888