London is filled with hidden gems and on a quiet street in West London, close to Parsons Green Tube, is a gorgeous fine dining restaurant called RIGO’ London, which I was recently invited to, that specialises in modern takes on classic Piedmontese dishes, under the helm of Chef Gonzalo Luzarraga. He has a seriously impressive career history having trained under renowned 3 Michelin Star French chef Alain Ducasse and has worked in Michelin-starred establishments around the world.
The cuisine has influences from Chef Gonzalo’s heritage, which is a mix of French and Italian, as well as from some of his own travels in South America, Russia and Asia. I was excited to see what it would be like, having read many various reviews previously. As you walk in there is an open kitchen counter, where the chefs finish the dishes before they are brought to your table. It was fascinating to see how much patience and precision goes into plating the dishes and how fabulous they look!
You can choose to either go for a tasting menu or pick from the a la carte, which is what we did. Starting off with some delicious freshly made sourdough bread and anchovy butter, and refreshing ourselves with champagne, we peered through the menu items, making our decisions. Throughout the meal Federico, the GM and Head Sommelier, paired wines for our dishes and they were all absolutely spot on.
We chose to share some snacks, which were a selection of Snail, Mortadella and Tripe. I wasn’t brave enough to try the snail, which was made in a croquette form, but those around the table that did were pleasantly surprised by its flavours.
My starters was a Wild enoki , which is a type of mushroom, and this was cooked with 48 month Parmigiano and black Alba autumn truffle. It had a similar texture to risotto and was absolutely divine and served in a gorgeous cup!
For mains I had a Risotto, made with 7 year rice Acquerello, black garlic and sea anemone. The black garlic gave a lovely sweet tangy flavour to the dish and it was a triumph! It was definitely a dish I would order again if I am back at RIGO’.
Other mains on the table included Fassona beef with Sake, shitake, soya, chicory and Stone bass with Cime di rapa, basque style salsa verde and black lime.
For dessert I throughly enjoyed a Modern white Bonet , which is Amaretto, heritage coffee and merengue. SO good, and so beautifully presented.
Another popular dessert on our table was the Black Forest made with Fermented visciola cherries and flat peach, and with such stunning presentation.
To finish we were treated to some divine truffles but by this point I was so full! The meal was absolutely lovely, the presentation was exquisite, the service excellent and attentive and it really won’t surprise me if they get a michelin star this year! The flavours were so novel and innovative and I loved the culinary journey the entire meal took me through.
To find out more you can visit their website here.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of RIGO’ London and my meal was complimentary. All views and photos are my own.