November 26, 2019
Terra Terra a truly authentic Italian dining hot-spot
This winter, North London’s newest Italian restaurant and bar Terra Terra are offering a selection of limited edition cocktails for their debut festive season, but the regular Italian menu is also a feast to behold.
The Christmas menu features ten Italian inspired cocktails to enjoy alongside it’s decadent Italian Festive Feast. Including the Symphonia (£10), served with Belvedere, Chambord Liqueur, Prosecco Extra Dry and elderflower cordial, or the Terra Delight (£10), with Briottet Crème de Mure Blackberry, Mount Gay XO, Gomme Syrup, lime juice and berry foam, finished with edible flowers.
As a party of six, we had a superb, fun and completely authentic Italian meal from the regular menu. We were greeted by probably the most passionate chef I’ve ever encountered, he described in great detail each and every dish, how it was cooked and where it came from. There were a number of specials too, which vary according to the time of year and availability of the freshest produce.
We decided to let the chef make his recommendations for our starters, so he presented us with a wide range of stunners. We had one vegetarian with us and he was easily catered too. The cocktails arrived, we had a lovely selection of bread with Tuscan olive oil and balsamic vinegar and some fat and juicy Italian olives with garlic, the perfect start to what was to be a wonderful culinary experience.
Our evening began with a fabulous selection of delicious starters, we had arancini with porcini and soy, lobster with avocado, tuna with chilli and lime, scallops and crispy polenta. The chef bought out two of each dish so there was plenty to go around, every dish was a delight, my personal favourite was the tuna with chilli and lime, it was fresh, light and flavoursome.
We decided to make our own personal choices for our main course and surprisingly we nearly all chose something different. Two of our party had butter baked cod which was one of the specials, the other special was a lamb dish, slow-baked, soft and flaky. One had a pappardelle lamb pasta dish, and two of us had a freshly baked pizzette with fries and a rocket salad. It is most evident that the chef has a true love and knowledge of food and its source. The pasta sauce was perfectly seasoned and the freshly made pasta al dente, just as the Italians like it. Our cod eating friends said the cod was flaky, fresh and superb and the light butter sauce was a delicious addition. I chose the pizzette with mozzarella, fresh cherry tomatoes and basil, it was totally divine, maybe not very adventurous but I wanted to taste the pizza base, the tomato sauce and mozzarella. We all agreed this was a wonderful North London eatery, with fabulous friendly service, although at times a little muddled, just a little teething problem I feel, amazing food and a great buzzy atmosphere.
Although we all felt pretty full we decided to share a couple of desserts, of course, Tiramisu was a definite choice, it was rich and creamy and totally heavenly, we also chose a vanilla panna cotta with berries, this was equally delicious as was the citrus sorbet.
A few cappuccinos later and we all reluctantly left this great Italian restaurant, but we agreed we will be back!
Terra Terra is offering a fabulous Festive Feast. Taste the flavours of Florence and Bologna through an indulgent three-course dining experience, designed to share by Chef Massimo Mioli.
At £35 per person* for tables of four or more, groups of friends, families and colleagues are welcome to celebrate together, have a look at the Festive menu here.
W: Terra Terra
T: 020 8912 6320