Luca

Luca, the latest venture from the team that brought you the Clove Club, brings ‘Britalian’ cuisine to Clerkenwell - ‘britalian’ being the use of Italian cooking techniques with ingredients sourced from the British Isles.

The food at Luca could be summarised as fresh and vibrant.  The high quality ingredients speak for themselves and this is also reflected in the seasonality of the menu. The wine list is also impressive as I had a 2012 Barolo Piedmont (£13.50) that paired excellently with my main course of Hebridean lamb chops (which were perfectly cooked). The restaurant’s dedication to serving fresh ingredients is also evident from the pasta room that sits adjacently to the rear orangerie-esque dining space.  Furthermore, the restaurant’s pared back rustic design manifests itself in the lightly washed white walls, the elegant wooden chairs, the subtle hints of marble and even in the starched grey linen shirts worn by the waiters. Simply put, the earthy tones that grace the restaurant’s interior make it the perfect spot for a memorable lunch on a warm day. Lastly, I would recommend a round of freshly baked doughnuts at St. John’s after your meal. 

 Rustic minimal interior 

Rustic minimal interior 

 Roast orkney scallop wrapped in pancetta, courgette and garlic (£14)

Roast orkney scallop wrapped in pancetta, courgette and garlic (£14)

 Carbonara filled agnolotti with toasted quinoa and guanciale (£14)

Carbonara filled agnolotti with toasted quinoa and guanciale (£14)

 Hebridean lamb chops, braised broad beans, courgette and black olive (£26) paired with Barolo di Serralunga, Ferdinando Principiano, Piedmont, 2012 (£13.50)

Hebridean lamb chops, braised broad beans, courgette and black olive (£26) paired with Barolo di Serralunga, Ferdinando Principiano, Piedmont, 2012 (£13.50)

Details:

88A Saint John Street  

London, England, EC1M 4EH 

£40-75pp

Square Meal