Monday, 12 March 2012
A few weeks ago I ate at Vapiano, an ultra-casual italian restaurant just off Oxford Street. Vapiano is a chain of laid-back Italian eateries spread throughout many of the world's prime locations (London, New York, Boston, Dubai). But unlike most chain restaurants, Vapiano only uses fresh ingredients, including pasta which is made daily on-site.
I've only tried one pasta dish at Vapiano — Salami e Ricotta on Rucola (salami, ricotta, rocket, pine nuts, white wine) — and it was delicious, comfort food. I also loved how the environment was so informal and easy-going. The only downside of Vapiano (and it's also sort of an upside) is that you have to queue in line to order your dish, which can take a little longer when you'd rather be chatting with friends... The upside is that you witness the sauteing and cooking of all those fresh ingredients and watch your meal come together in one generous portion.
Vapiano — a fun concept and a restaurant I'd recommend for causal get togethers with friends, or if you want to grab a (quick-ish) bite to eat near the Oxford Street area.
(disclaimer: I am not a food critic, but I like tasty things.)