Menu choices continued to evade us – did we want pasta, pizza, fish or meat, or even something from the grill? The signature sharing Spaghetti Granseola, served with a whole crab and a spiced sauce just like mama used to make, and Gamberi Sicilia, grilled prawns with garlic, chilli and olive oil were both particularly tempting. My guest chose the whole Dover sole with capers and lemon butter sauce, presented, deboned and served at the table by our enthusiastic waiter. I chose the Vitello Milanese, traditional flattened veal in breadcrumbs along with a large bowl of my top Italian favourite, Zucchine fritte. Perfection.
As tempting as it was to stay longer, we had work to do and finished with coffee. Next time we’ll be sure to have an indulgent Tiramisu, or a ricotta filled cannoli with cioccolato.
Right next to Selfridges, and just a short walk from Oxford Street, Bond Street and Marylebone, Isola by San Carlo is rather captivating. Our dose of charming Sicilian Grand Café culture left us feeling well-fed, and very cheerful indeed. Furthermore, the downstairs area at Isola provides an atmospheric space for private events, suitable for 60 seated guests.