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Internet Friends at Bocconcino

A few years ago it may have been considered a little *unusual* but since starting my blog getting together with people who I’ve met online has become quite a regular occurrence. So it was on a was Wednesday night that I headed down to Bocconcino in Mayfair to meet up with my ‘internet friends.’ Bocconcino
Fellow blogger, Andrea had invited myself, Lauren and Catherine for dinner to sample the modern Italian cuisine of the glamorous restaurant.DSC_3795
The restaurant itself is quite cavernous and you enter on to the street level mezzanine floor before descending via a winding staircase into the basement restaurant. DSC_3853
Decorated with soft tones of beige and wooden panelling, it was a really relaxing space and perfect for a chilled mid-week dinner. Though I can imagine it’s a place that can get pretty lively especially given the restaurant’s position just off Berkeley Square.

Our starter was an antipasti selection, and having now met several times, we weren’t too shy of digging into the sharing selection. DSC_3800
Our starters included a beautifully salty parma ham with deep fried cheese pastries. DSC_3801
Crisp tiger prawns and courgette tempura. DSC_3802
Perfectly cooked calamari with tartare sauce DSC_3805
And one of my all time favourites: a perfectly prepared tomato and mozzarella salad.Bocconcino
And another favourite of mine, tuna tartare. I was a little disappointed by this because I preferred raw tuna in chunks whereas this had a minced textures. Some of the other girls found it overly peppery but I actually enjoyed the hints of spice.

I love going out with foodie friends as we can discuss what we think of each dish, where as the best I can get from Mr S is ‘ummm’ and ‘nice.’ As well as food lovers, the four of us are travel fans and we discussed my recent holiday to St Lucia, Lauren’s upcoming New Zealand trip as well as Catherine’s exciting plans for next year. There’s something about being with travel bloggers that ignites even more wanderlust, making me not only more excited for my trip to South America next year but also inspiring me for my next plan!

As we were dining from a set menu we had the choice of four different main courses: Bocconcino
Andrea and I both chose the sea bass with a potato crust, also served with tomatoes and olives. Andrea, who is incredibly discerning, loved it and I agreed that the fish was beautifully cooked. We both added a fair amount of seasoning though, in order to really bring the flavours out. Bocconcino
I love garlic but I have to say the flavour was very overpowering in this side dish of broccoli. DSC_3830
But big fat chunk chips always go down well! DSC_3839
On the other side of the table Lauren and Catherine both chose the house speciality, pizza cooked in the wood-fired oven. A salami pizza with a thin, crisp based was placed in front of the girls, and I’m not going to lie, Andrea and I definitely had food envy. Fortunately the pizza was so big that the girls struggled to finished it and required help 😉

Lauren and I held back from dessert but Catherine and Andrea enjoyed a classic tiramisu…Bocconcino DSC_3850
And this rather gorgeous New York Cheesecake, Andrea loved it though she claimed to be ‘all about the biscuit base’ and would have preferred a slightly bigger digestive crunch.

The four of us really enjoyed our dinner at Bocconcino – the internet is an incredible thing isn’t and I’m so pleased to have met so many people that I have so much in common with through blogging.

Bocconcino
19 Berkeley Street
London
w1J 8ED

020 7 499 4510

Our set menu items were complimentary 

Bocconcino Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
  • It’s funny I’m not ‘into’ internet dating but meeting up with fellow bloggers doesn’t bother me at all!

    Victoria x

    FlorenceandMary.com

    • Isn’t it funny that you need to chemistry with new female friends just as you do with men!

  • Looks like a lovely evening with 3 of my other favourite bloggers! It’s so nice to find people that you genuinely get on with in the ‘real world’ isn’t it?! Since I became pregnant I have become a huge fan of cheesecake, and that picture certainly whet my appetite!! In fact I’m starving now, could do with a snack 🙂

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

  • The food looks absolutely amazing!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • Sounds like a lovely evening. Have to say I’m with Andrea – it’s all about the base! Would definitely want it a little thicker. xx

  • Hahaha this post made me laugh out loud a number of times! Such a fun night with my internet friends 🙂 Also “incredibly discerning”… I had no idea 😉 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • I may have at one time or another sung “all about that bass” with chefs while discussing cheesecake recipes… that’s all XD

  • That cheesecake does look rather tasty. I wonder what Bocconcino stands for?

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Lunch and Lit

      It’s a small ball of mozzarella!

  • Oh it looks rather wonderful! Hope you enjoyed it xx

  • It’s funny how now we think internet friends are all good, but 5 years ago we might have been like ‘huh?’…

  • The Reader’s Tales

    Hello Angie, your night out with bloggers friends looks wonderful! Hope you enjoyed it ;-))

  • Lucy

    Sharing a foodie passion with other bloggers is always great fun. I have had some wonderful meals out and meeting people due to blogging. Tartare is a difficult choice because it is so hit and miss. The antipasto looks wonderful as does the girls pizzas yummy Lucy x

  • There’s nothing like a beautifully prepared tomato and mozzarella salad!

  • Henchman App

    We looooove Bocconcino at Henchman App! Did you know you can now get all their delicious dishes delivered to your home?
    We are a premium on-demand concierge service, partnering with this and many more incredible restaurants, stores, shop in London! We would love to hear The Silverspoon’s opinion, get in touch… and congrats for the blog, we absolutely love it!

    Paola @Henchman App

  • Deep fried cheese….say no more, I’m sold

    Bambinoliv | UK lifestyle blog

  • It’s so easy to get a classic tomato & mozzarella salad wrong with bad cheese but that one looks up to scratch 🙂 Lots of good-looking Italian dishes here, I’m keen on the photo of that tiramisu especially! And gotta love internet friends <3 xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure