You may have heard of L’ETO already. With six sites, the ‘caffés’ have been whipping up some of London’s tastiest sweet treats since 2011. But lesser explored, perhaps, are the dinner offerings at select L’ETO branches across the city.
Not able to think of anything better than a freshly-prepared, pan-European dinner followed by the kind of dessert usually reserved for elevenses or afternoon tea, we headed to the newest L’ETO branch on Brompton Road to sample its evening menu. Here are our highlights.
Herb-infused concoctions always seem to impress, and L’ETO’s honey and basil martini didn’t disappoint. Sweet, fresh and subtle – order this while perusing the menu.
Wholesome, home-made gnocchi with pesto and pine nuts came a close second to our star of the starter menu: tuna tartare. The lightness of the raw fish paired with creamy avocado and crispy, toasted onions made this beautifully presented dish our firm favourite.
We learnt that rib-eye steak tastes even better alongside roasted banana shallots. Yet it was the perfect portion of slowly braised, melt-in-the-mouth veal cheeks, served on a bed of citrus potato creme that stood out as the restaurant’s most adventurous and delicious main.
Cake, cake, cake
When you can’t choose just one cake from the tempting selection, order three. The famous honey cake – six layers of honey-dipped sponge and cream – quickly became a fundamental component of our imaginary ‘last meal’, but the Dulce de Leche (a South American speciality made with sweet milk) and cinnamon cake topped with indulgent chocolate cream were equally brilliant.
Delicious, understated food that’s packed full of flavour and carefully presented. There’s definitely more to L’ETO than cake, but you’d be a fool not to round off your meal with at least one slice…
243 Brompton Road
020 7854 2860