I don’t know about you, but when my body craves comfort food, I inevitably end up daydreaming about Italian pasta dishes. There’s something about the rich tomato sauces, melted mozzarella and a creamy carbonara that just gets me.
So when Kasha and I heard about a brand new restaurant opening up in Soho that sold 21 types of lasagna, we knew we had to visit. A few days after hearing about it, our bellies drew us step by step closer toward Mister Lasagna.
The very first branch of Mister Lasagna (apparently around five other locations are to follow) opened up in the very heart of Soho, near to Apollo Theatre and Queens Theatre. Inside, the space is bigger than you might think, with an ample sized downstairs seating area and a few alfresco seats outside. The tables are dotted with cherry tomato plants and chillies growing on the vine, giving the place a very fresh, natural feel. So far so good.
Food & Drink
The restaurant is set up to cater for a crowd with limited time, so you choose your dish at the entrance and take it to the table yourself. The options here are vast, with 13 specials eight staples and a number of rotating daily lasagnas. Thankfully – for indecisive people like me – they offer a trio, so you don’t have to miss out on tasting more than one. They also have a very fair amount of vegetarian options, with everything from pumpkin to artichoke and even aubergine.
I decided to try out a variety, opting for the chicken chorizo, pesto and spicy tomato sauce (£7.80) while Kasha tested out the ham & cheese, pumpkin and spinach. What’s more, you get to add a slathering of sauce as a condiment to your lasagna, meaning you can dunk your mouthful of pasta into bolognaise, tomato, mushroom, four cheese or béchamel sauce.
Every mouthful was more delicious than the last. The home-cooked feel of each lasagna came through, with the fresh ingredients the stars of the show. It was hard to pinpoint a favourite among them, but the pesto lasagna – topped with sundried tomato – was exceptional. The trio was the perfect size for hungry eaters and – for the price – a bargain meal in the heart of London.
One of the best discoveries was just how well stocked the bar was here. Whether its perusing the menu of Italian spirits like Campari and Aperol or simply starting off with a few shots of limoncello, they are sorted in the drinks department. If you fancy sticking around for a while, you can even grab a bottle of wine and chill out in the basement until your play, movie or tour of the Seven Noses of Soho.
Next up were desserts. With a choice of everything from souffle to panna cotta or chocolate cake, they definitely hit the nail on the head with their traditional Italian puds. With a hankering for dose of mascarpone and coffee, I ordered the tirimisu. The biscuit layer was steeped in delicious coffee, and the creamy mascarpone was topped off with a dusting of chocolate; bellissimo.
My only fault with the entire restaurant is with the dual TV’s downstairs which disrupt an otherwise homely dining experience. Due to its location, patrons dip in and out to catch their shows, yet the place still feels like somewhere you would want to linger, it has character. This restaurant-come-cafeteria fits its purpose perfectly; excellent food served quickly for a fantastic price. For anyone with a love of Italian comfort food, Mister Lasagna is a must visit in London.
Disclaimer: The meal we received at Mister Lasagna in exchange for this review was complimentary, but as always, opinions expressed about the tasty munch on offer are entirely my own.
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