Canto Corvino

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I’m not usually one to be up on new restaurants, so I feel particularly smug about discovering the recently-opened Canto Corvino (before I read this rave review by Grace Dent).

Created by the team behind the Manicomio restaurants (branches in Sloane Square and St Pauls), Canto Corvino has a modern Italian menu and a warehouse aesthetic. The space is smart but warmly-lit and the staff are warm and attentive.

The weekend brunch menu offers Italian fare with an American twist. I opted for the tuscan sausage and fried egg muffin with grilled vine tomatoes and sampled my friend’s smoked salmon bagel with burrata and beetroot (both mouth-wateringly good). For those with a sweet tooth, try the amazing-sounding cornflake french toast with burnt plums and creme fraiche or the banana pancakes with peanut butter and maple syrup. I was incredibly tempted to have dessert.

I stuck to coffee and juice on this occasion, but the cocktail menu looked both delectable and creative, from the classic Bloody Mary to the fancy Zenzero (ginger, peach puree, Sipsmith gin, jasmine tea and lemon juice). The whole menu is also reasonably priced (even without the surprise 50% discount we received to celebrate the launch).

Canto Corvino has everything I like in a restaurant; delicious, affordable, within walking distance of my house and – most unusual of all – takes reservations. Having drooled over the dinner menu (hello beef short rib rossini, duck tortelli and pumpkin cannelloni), I can’t wait to go back.

Find Canto Corvino at Spitalfields, 21 Artillery Lane, London E1 7HA.

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