Good Italian restaurants are few and far between.  Don’t get me wrong there are hundreds of them in London they seem to be everywhere but when I am invited to review one or go to one with friends and family I always do a little research first.  Call me a food snob I really don’t care but in my mission to shift some of my baby weight (a work in progress) I need to watch the calorie intake and if I am to indulge I need to make sure it is worth the extra time in the gym, extra exercise classes or power walks.

Manitoba Tigella I was pleased to discover was well worth the visit having gone along with a friend a few weeks back.  They are the first tigella kitchen to open in London.  For those that have yet to experience the delights of tigella they are a traditional stuffed bread from Emilia Romagna (a region in northern Italy not a female chef).

This restaurant has a lively atmosphere with upbeat yet relaxed music playing in the background.  It comes across as a trendy place and has some gorgeous cocktails on the menu.  They even have a happy hour from 4 to 8 every day which is great for those that want to work their way through the cocktail menu.  Just to add the Pina Colada was lovely!

My friend and I were seated upstairs where we had a view of the whole restaurant including a large screen television playing an Italian film.  I could even see the chef in the kitchen preparing dishes if I repositioned myself to take a look.  The wall at the back of the restaurant upstairs was covered in street art and this seemed to work well.

There is a mix of dishes available and the vegetarian diners among you need not fear they have you covered too.  The starters came out quickly which was great as I had a long day and was ravenous.

Starters

Tagliere Misto

Board with 30 months aged Parma ham, Felino salame, mortadella, Parmigiano cheese D.O.P. 24 months aged, stracchino cheese, Italian olives, sun-dried tomatoes, selection of tigelle & gnocco fritto.

This was great everything looked really tasty good and we couldn’t wait to tuck in.  The dish is simple, you make your own sandwich with the bread, meat and cheeses provided.

I enjoyed getting stuck in there and the flavours all combined well.  These are tasty and are great as part of a meal with friends or a snack with some cocktails.  These are one of those fun social dishes that everyone gets stuck into like the Mekong Pulled Duck Spring Rolls I had at The Banana Tree in Soho.

  The mix of breads was good the gnocco fritto which is the one you see on the left in the picture is nicely puffed, flaky, salty and so delicious that I was so busy enjoying the flavour and texture my half just well kind of vanished really before I even had a chance to contemplate which salami to lay over the top of it, opsy.  Clearly it was good enough to eat on its own.  It was a shame there weren’t more of these.  The tigella had a pretty design moulded into them.  We cut these in half and we stuffed them with a range of the items served.  This was great as the antipasti provided were good as was the portion.  The olives were plump and meaty, the sundried tomatoes brought with them a richness of flavour that really did add to these tasty sandwiches.  The thickness of the salami was good, nothing was too thin so you could taste the flavour of each well.  The cheeses were amazing and I have to admit popping pieces of the Parmigiano cheese straight into my mouth and pouring a generous amount of the stracchino cheese into my tigella.

More Tigella

Aubergine Parmigiana

Aubergine, Parmigiano D.O.P. cheese, tomato sauce & basil pesto.
 I love melanzane parmigiana and this interesting adaptation of a classic dish worked really well.  Want to try a meaty version of the actual dish then check out my melanzane parmigiana recipe.  You can see that there was a generous amount of the various ingredients from the aubergine to the Parmigiano cheese and this I have to say was delicious I could have easily eaten a whole one – I had half as did my friend.

Avocado King Prawn

King prawn with homemade guacamole & rocket salad.

The gorgeous, creamy deliciousness of the avocado is unmistakable and serves as a great contrast to the peppery rocket and that of the big juicy, firm chunks of king prawn.  We ate half each of this and really enjoyed it.  What a lovely idea for a healthy yet tasty sandwich filling.

As I looked around from the perfect view point in the restaurant I noticed that the pizzas and tigella were extremely popular with other visitors.

Yellow Fin Tuna
Yellow fin sashimi tuna tartare, cherry tomatoes, capers, spicy avocado cream & taggiasca olives.
I love raw fish and this was an interesting adaptation of a tuna sashimi dish.  The olives     had a front stage in flavour added a natural saltines to the dish.  The capers went well giving it a slight vinegary twist.  This was amazingly fresh apparent from first bite.  The avocado cream and the tomato cream were lovely and added extra flavour to the dish.  The only amendment I would make if I was doing this would be to reduce the olive content a touch and possibly add some fresh coriander but then I am a coriander addict.

And now for my favourite part of the meal:

Dessert

Veneziana Classica

Original Venetian home baked pastry with custard cream or chocolate cream.
This is layered like a tiramisu and you can taste the amaretto which is really nice and works well with the rest of the ingredients.  The smooth creamy custard is gorgeous ad the dessert is not overly sweet it’s just right.  The mix of textures works well too and I had to resist licking the jar – yum!

Manitoba Cream

Sponge cake, custard cream, amaretto syrup & chocolate cream.

This was like a light brioche bun.  The chocolate cream added a delicious rich chocolatey flavour and i could see my children fighting over one of these at breakfast – they pretty big so one each would be too much for them.

There are so many more wonderful dishes here but we of course we limited by stomach capacity.  We didn’t get a chance to try any of the mains, pizzas, pastas or risottos so naturally I will need to try and revisit at a later date to rectify this.

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70 thoughts on “Manitoba Tigella Italian Restaurant Review”

  1. My husband and I love Italian food, and am certain Manitoba Tigella would be a place we’d visit frequently. If we’re ever lucky enough to go, I’m sure we’d order Yellow Fin Tuna (for her) and Avocado King Prawn (for him). Never one to skip dessert, my my husband would order Veneziana Classica and I’d have a couple of bites. x

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  2. You are right it’s not easy to find an talian with a twist like this, the twist being it’s not the same as all the rest. This one looks absolutely heavenly!

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  3. You’re so right when you say good Italian restaurants are few and far between. So many of them think they are amazing just because they are Italian. However this place looks amazing, I can taste the cold meat plate by just looking at the pics 😀

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  4. This is so true! I noticed it fater traveled to Florence, especially with Parmigiana and Mozarella! You’re lucky you found one good! Your meals sounds really really delicious 😋 !!

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  5. Everything looks good! I love the meat and cheese platter. Yum. Dessert looked really delightful. The Manitoba Tigella restaurant sure looks like the real deal if you want fresh, authentic Italian dishes. I will have to make sure I visit some day.

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  6. I totally agree with you on the quality over quantity issue and shedding the baby weight. I am struggling with it too. The pictures you posted are enough to make me drool though 😉

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  7. I like the look of the aubergine parmigiana and the avocado king prawn, they look delicious 🙂 there doesn’t seem to be a lot of yellow fin tuna on your plate! The puddings look scrummy too 🙂

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  8. I have never tried Tigella. The food there does look marvelous. I always love italian. But the atmosphere they set up there is so unique to anything I have ever seen that’s italian. It’s not so much old world but new sensibility. Very unique.

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  9. What I would give for real authentic Italian food! Over here, it’s just a genre of quick meals and I have yet to experience anything with the quality and attention to detail that I remember from Italy.

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  10. Sounds like a lovely restaurant to dine at with friends or family. I love that they have a lot of options on the menu! The sandwiches look delightful and so do the desserts!

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  11. That’s look yummy place to eat . I’ve worked in Italy for many years and love an Italian food , it’s so testy . I wish I can get there again now . I would love to try some of the delicious food here .

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  12. This all looks and sounds so good! I love sharing boards, they’re a great way of trying lots of different bits. I agree about making sure the calories are worth it when eating out.

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    1. It is important in my eyes to watch what we eat and I hate having to do the extra work in the dish if foods haven’t been to a good standard although I was lucky as this was lovely.

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  13. Just reading your post made me very hungry. I would go for the desserts in a big way and would love that pesto based sandwich with veggies stuffed in them. Yum!

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  14. I love Italian food! I’ve never found better than when I was in Italy! but the food presentation in the photographs and the way you talk about your experience sounds like it could be very close – all looks so yummy!

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