Fucina, an Italian restaurant off Baker Street – more precisely Chiltern Street. We were already stunned at how beautiful the restaurant was from the large wooden door outside, which only continued once we were inside. The restaurant is extremely beautiful, highly styled and huge. Fucina won the best UK restaurant & bar design award – we definitely understand why and agree!
The menu was perfect for Amen and I – but he eats everything, so he doesn’t really count. I absolutely love pizza (Amen even proposed with one, ha!) and I like pasta. Two very Italian dishes – Fucina has both and I was absolutely buzzing. I already knew I was having pizza as it triumphs everything. The good thing about the pasta dishes is that you can have them as a starter or main. The menu starts with small plates then to pizza, pasta, larger dishes and sides.
What we ordered
We ordered the bread basket because we were both extremely hungry.
I ordered the half Green ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach, covered in a walnut parmesan sauce for my starter. Amen also ordered the half Calamarata seafood pasta with yellowtail, clams and mussels as a starter.
When we were almost done with our starters he really wanted the Mushroom risotto, so we added that too – the half portion.
For our mains, I ordered the Mushroom Pizza of course with rosemary salt chips as a side and Amen had the smoked lamb best end with fennel puree, summer veg and a blackberry sauce.
Starters – Pasta
All three pasta dishes were mind blowing!
I didn’t have Amen’s seafood pasta, but it looked delicious and if I ate fish I would’ve definitely had a try. Amen really enjoyed it but he enjoyed my ravioli more.
My ravioli was the best I’ve ever had! The sauce was delicious but as you guys know I’m not a fan of more than one texture, so I couldn’t eat the walnuts sprinkled on top – luckily, I could easily put them aside and enjoy the rest.
The mushroom risotto was absolutely the best thing Amen could have done by ordering it last minute. Again, one of the best we’ve ever had, and I don’t even like mushrooms. It was perfect.
At this point we were thinking other Italian restaurants will have to be frigging amazing to top this one.
PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA! IF YOU DON’T LIKE PIZZA YOU HAVE NOT LIVED, AND WE CAN’T BE FRIENDS.
Anyways, this pizza was delicious! The dough tasted healthy and was just perfect. And although I don’t like mushroom I ate it!
Amen enjoyed his lamb best end and although he thought the flavours were simple it tasted really nice.
If there’s cheesecake on any menu we are having it! We had the cheesecake Brule and the Flourless chocolate cake. The cheesecake and their tiramisu are their popular desserts, but we don’t like tiramisu – 2 out of 1 of their top desserts is still good!
The cheesecake Brule was tremendous, delicious and perfect! We both loved it, but because I’m really nice and kind of love Amen, I let him enjoy it all after my one spoonful.
The flourless chocolate cake surprised me. I don’t eat cake unless it’s warm, but I gave this one a go and I was so happy I did. It’s rich but delicious. It came with vanilla ice cream and had chocolate crumbs which made it even better. Definitely recommend if you love chocolate.
We really enjoyed our dinner at Fucina and it has set the bar high for other Italian restaurants. The restaurant is extremely beautiful, and the service is one of the best – very happy staff, attentive and informative. We recommend for romantic dates, group dinners, special occasions and casual dates (but a little bit more expensive than the average casual date).
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Shiima’s Star Dish: Green ravioli
Amen’s Star Dish: Mushroom Risotto
Price: £30-40 each (excluding alcohol)
Rating: 5 out of 5
26 Paddington Street
The corner of Chiltern and Paddington Street
Marylebone, London, W1U 5QY
0207 058 4444