Luca Restaurant


We visit Clerkenwell’s latest hotspot, Italian restaurant Luca.

Clerkenwell has always been a home for great restaurants – from the ground-breaking St John to the pioneers of the gastropub movement at The Eagle and the ‘foodie’ street of Exmouth Market.

The latest Clerkenwell hotspot is Luca, from the team behind The Clove Club in Shoreditch.

Luca Bar in Clerkenwell

One the former site of Portuguese restaurant Portal, Luca is a stunner.

A cool, dimly lit bar with green leather banquettes leads through to a beautiful space with gorgeous dark wood floors and atmospheric lighting.

Luca Restaurant in Clerkenwell

The open kitchen adds more life to the buzzy dining room with the white flowing curtains giving a peak of the outside courtyard, which will be the place to be in the summer.

The food at Luca has been described as “Britalian”, and I like the description used on their website: ‘British seasonal ingredients through an Italian lens.’

Pasta at Luca London

Garganelli with pork sausage, tomato, anchovy and mint was a joyful bowl of pasta that I would gladly return for every week (picture above from my Instagram feed), likewise the grouse ravioli with potato sauce and whisky (pictured below).

Pasta Dishes at Luca in Clerkenwell

Favourites from the main courses were the rump of Hereford beef stuffed with smoky pancetta and Cornish lamb chops with rosemary breadcrumbs and crushed vegetables.

The best dish of all, perhaps, is the plate of ‘Parmesan fries’, similar in apapearance to a churro but filled with cheese.

These are available as snacks at Luca Bar, along with a selection of sharing plates, salads and sandwiches.

Parmesan fries at Luca

Try the Montgomery cheddar and Wiltshire truffle toast and the potatoes ‘cacio e pepe’ with a few cocktails.

Luca is both a restaurant to impress and a neighbourhood favourite to pop in to for a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine, and I would gladly do either every week.

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We hope you enjoyed this feature on Luca restaurant London. For further ideas, read our guide to the best restaurants in Clerkenwell or the best Italian restaurants in London.

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