On one of our Saturday night dining out, we went to Amerigo Vespucci Fine Italian Restaurant in Canary Wharf, London. From the main shopping center, the restaurant is a couple of minutes walk and we had to pass through Cabot Square and the beautiful fountains and the spectacular view of the beautiful tall buildings of Canary Wharf. The restaurant is located facing the Thames and have views that you would not forget.
We were early and were the first diners in. The interior was nice and “Italian” with grand wall paintings and nice Italian furniture. The head waiter came to us with the menus and spent over 10 minutes at our table explaining the various items on the menu.
The wine list is broad with varied selection and the head waiter’s recommendations were bang on target! We ordered the NERO D’AVOLA ‘PRINCIPI DI BUTERA 2007 13% (Aged in oak for one year his wine has deep flavours of blossom and spicy hints a typical wine for a great part of Italy) which was a perfect match for the food.
So we started off with Marinated Olives and Pesce Affumicato con Insalata di Granchio (Carpacchio of smoked sword fish and tuna, served with a crab salad, endive and tarragon mayo) which were both light, fresh and tasty.
For the second course Bhavani ordered the Gamberoni All’Aglio (Fresh Pacific prawns pan seared with butter, olive oil, seasoned with garlic and flamed with white wine) and I ordered the Salsiccia Siciliana Piccante (Spicy Italian sausage, oven roasted with ripe cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and served on polenta). The pacific prawns were fabulous and the garlic and white wine sauce was simply too good. The Italian sausage was spicy and full of flavour. It reminded me of our trip to Italy in 2010.
For our mains, Bhavani ordered the Tagliata di Pollo con Funghi Selvatici e Aglio (Sliced breast of chicken, oven roasted with wild mushrooms, seasoned with crushed garlic, fresh rosemary, flamed with white wine and laced with a hint of cream) which was excellent. The chicken could have done with a little more cooking but then Bhavani is very particular when it comes to chicken. I ordered the Fiorentina in Padella (T bone steak, served pan seared with fresh sage, sliced garlic and milled black pepper) which it was quite juicy and cooked to perfection.
For dessert, Bhavani ordered the Lemon and Lime Cheesecake (A light mascapone cream infused with lemon and zest served on a biscuit base) and I ordered the Panna Cotta (Set cooked cream infused with a hint of Strega, served with seasonal fruits and raspberry coulis).
Even though it is a little pricey, Amerigo is value for money. The ambience is nice and the food is excellent! The menu covers a lot of ground with meat, fish, chicken and a myriad of pasta dishes. The service was impeccable with the head waiter being charming and friendly.
The riverside location with the promenade makes it a very romantic spot! I recommend this throughly and would rate it 4.8 / 5 stars!