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A Glamorous Night out at Novikov Italian

As I mentioned in my monthly round up for the past two months I’ve been following a healthy diet and exercise regime…but a couple of days before we left for St Lucia I thought that’s it…I’ve had enough of being healthy and I sent Mr S a text.

‘Do you fancy going out for dinner tonight?’

‘Yes, finally!’

Was his response…he’d been fed up of me turning down wine, choosing salad and skipping desserts. If we were having a big night out I wanted to do it right and have the chance to get dressed up, so I requested somewhere super glamorous. You probably know it’s very difficult to get a table in London last minute on a Friday night but Mr S managed to book us a table at Novikov.
Located in Mayfair, Novikov is a large venue containing two separate restaurants, an Asian and Italian, and a basement bar. We started with a glass of champagne in the bar where you can reserve an area or just find a comfy sofa for two, as we did. It felt so lovely to be on a date night on London and we sipped our champagne and took in the cool atmosphere of the lounge with the decadent furnishings and live DJ. It certainly fit my criteria for glamour and it gave me a chance to wear my new little black dress. Novikov Novikov Novikov
After enjoying our champagne we headed to the light, bright and buzzy Italian restaurant; a complete contrast to the darker more sexy Asian restaurant upstairs. DSC_0955
Mr S and I have been to Novikov before and I have to say it wasn’t my favourite place. We had enjoyed the food but didn’t experience great service, however this time it was completely different. We had a great table right in the centre of the vibrant hub of the restaurant with a view of open kitchen. The staff were attentive and friendly and overall we had a much better experience.
We started with a couple of my favourites; a seafood salad which was beautifully prepared and served with a light olive oil…perfect for dipping that crusty bread in. I’d definitely missed bread…and wine…I’d had the odd glass of bubbly over the past two months but I hadn’t had a glass wine since we’d been in Singapore DSC_0947
We also ordered a tuna tartar to start, it was enjoyable but I prefer raw tuna served in meaty chunks whereas as this version was minced and it was a little under seasoned but the beautiful freshness of the fish still came through in the flavour. Novikov DSC_0952
Next we shared a small portion of seafood pasta, with perfectly made pasta and succulent, juicy clams that were complimented wonderfully with a very light sauce of olive oil, garlic and chilli.
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We were presented with our whole grilled sea bass that was filleted table side…Novikov Novikov
The flesh of the fish was cooked just right and we chose sides of grilled vegetables and a tomato onion salad, so I didn’t feel too guilty about breaking my healthy eating regime early! Novikov
Mr S was determined not to let me order tiramisu as he didn’t want me moaning about how guilty I felt the next day so we virtuously finished the meal with a platter of fruit. As a food blogger it’s important for me to keep a balance between healthy eating and going out but sometimes you just need a cheat night…and tucking into a few delicious carbs at Novikov was the perfect place to have it!

Novikov Restaurant & Bar
50A Berkeley Street

0207 399 4330

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  • Definitely sounds like a great meal! x

    • It was so lovely to be out on a date night again!
      Lots of love,

  • Aah I’ve been to the Asian Restaurant at Novikov a few times – while good it hasn’t been my favourite either. Clearly have to switch to the Italian next time! By the way Novikov have another great Italian restaurant close by on Curzon Street – I Robert, and they have some great healthy salad options there! xx

    • Yes, I do think there are better Asian restaurants in London. I’ve heard of I Robert but never been, I’ll have to check it out.
      Lots of love,

  • This looks so beautiful- and so do you!


  • Catherine Lux

    I’ve heard so much about Novikov but have never been before, it looks super glam! You looks gorgeous!

    C x | Lux Life

  • I booked here the other night (but in the end was too late to go) and could have sworn you had been but checked your blog and couldn’t find a review, so must have been Insta! 😉 Glad it was yummy – will need to actually go now! And you look great, so impressed you stuck it out for the whole 2 months!!! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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    • Yeah, maybe you saw the tuna tartare pic on Insta. It was great but there are better Italians in London but definitely a good combo of fun and good food.
      Lots of love,

  • Cate Elise

    Hmmm I had to say I really didn’t enjoy Novikov when I went but maybe as you say you also weren’t keen last time it has improved recently. You look gorgeous, as ever xxx

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    • Yeah, they stuck us in a dark corner last time and got our order wrong. This time it was great. Thank you for the lovely compliment.
      Lots of love,

  • There are so many restaurants in London so I’m always excited to hear about one I didn’t know about before like this one! Food looks yummy!

  • Aren’t spontaneous date nights the best? Well done on sticking it out for 2 months!

  • This looked lovely! I find myself eating out so much that it starts to feel … gross. You’ve done really well to be healthy, I remember when you ordered porridge at our brunch a few weekends ago and I was super impressed with your willpower! This was a great treat to have.

  • I would kill for a tuna tartare right about now. My meals are mainly composed of fruit and veg these days, pregnancy is just about the best diet encouragement there is I think!

    Polly xx
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  • How happy did Mr S look to be out… and my gosh Angie, how restrained you were… no wine since Singapore?! At the risk of sounding like I have a problem… I would be in bits!

    • I did have a couple of glasses of bubbles! Especially on Mr S’s birthday but none of my fave sauvignon!

  • That all look absolutely fantastic!

    Sandra | Cake + Whisky

  • Lucy

    I love Italian food, this looks lovely the ambience and food looks wonderful. I love the self restraint that you have when it comes to food, how could you resist tiramisu? But fruit I’m sure eased the guilt Lucy X