Like the Italians, Friday night is date night with the wife, Saturday night is date night with the girlfriend. If by girlfriend you mean Xbox whilst Mrs Del Monte continues her charity work with the Harlequins 1st XV – poor thing, she’ll burn herself out!
We recreated our first date with a trip to the newly refurbished Karaoke Box (http://www.karaokebox.co.uk/). I say newly. Apparently it was tarted up early 2012. Bloody Mayans. Karaoke box is an excellent date activity. An hour of off-key extertions and you’re ready for some scran.
Unlike Polpo, you can reserve at Pix (http://www.pix-bar.com), which is a plus on Friday night, so we meandered along and got stuck in. The Pinchos are excellent and not too dearly priced. Favourites included the pea, soy bean, parsley and mint goo on bread, topped with a dollop of feta; flaked artichoke heart mixed with shaved manchego on bread; and something with foamed foie gras on. Even the tortilla was something to write home about. £68 for two including a superior bottle of Prado Rey which they claimed to have a “long dry finish”. Much like myself. I don’t even know what that means.
Apparently they’ve been around for years, with locations in Covent Garden and Islington and opening in Notting Hill. The one in Soho is an awesome little place with lots of intimate nooks (Like Father Callaghan’s secret tree-house – oh the memories!) and very friendly staff.
We popped into Fernandez & Wells (http://www.fernandezandwells.com/) for a digestif. It a place I can only find when I’m looking for somewhere else. It’s a great place for cava and to snaffle on ham. And it’s not heaving with turbo-douches.
FERNANDEZ & WELLS
16 Bateman Street
Tel: 020 7437 0377
Fernandez & Wellsmore info
16 Saint Anne’s Court
Tel: 020 7494 4242
Karaoke Box, Soho
18 Frith Street
Tel: 020 7494 3878