Fucina is a beautiful, contemporary Italian restaurant situated in the heart of Marylebone, London. As you enter through the impressive ceiling-grazing, wooden doors, you are greeted by a polite host who offers to take your coat and show you to your table. Five-star, impeccable customer service from start to finish is what follows next. My most recent visit to Fucina was for a special occasion – Veganuary. Although, Fucina happily adapted their meals to suit my needs previously, this time I had a whole menu I could choose from. I was ecstatic! Not only was it exciting to see vegan food offered at such a great restaurant by extremely talented chefs but it was humbling to be taken care of. Having a high-quality vegan menu at non-vegan restaurants is an experience – it’s not just an afterthought, it’s not an adaptation of the existing menu – but a thoughtful presentation that each customer is valued and respected. Even the picky, plant-based foodies.
I chose the set menu, which at £44pp featured:
- Wood fired sweet Potato
- Baby spinach Salad
- Pappardelle della nonna
- Seasonal vegetable platter
- Charred broccoli
- Lemon sorbet
What at first seemed like a simple list of ingredients – blew me away. I was especially fond of the salad. It had a light brush of citrus dressing, which tasted invigorating. The lemon sorbet was also delicious – light, airy and refreshing. Our waiter explained that pasta, sorbets and bread, are all made in-house. This is truly reflected in the taste and quality of the food presented. It just shows that with some attention to detail, some great wine and attentive customer service you can create an exceptional experience that vegans, vegetarians and food-lovers alike can enjoy and feel like a million!
If you visit Fucina anytime soon – make sure to try their incredible selection of wines!