I like popping into London with Mr R for some quiet 'us' time. We were invited to try the Crowne Plaza London City across from Blackfriars Station. Inside the hotel there are two top class restaurants, Chinese Cricket Club and across the entrance hall the Italian restaurant Diciannove19 the heart and soul of Italian cuisine.
It was the Diciannove we were dining in on this occasion.
Our Hostess, Danielle asked if we wanted time between courses to relax which was exactly what we wanted. I also asked for Danielle's recommendations and put our meal in her hands.
While we read the menu we had a huge and beautiful wooden bread bowl to nibble on and which would go really well with our starter. The different breads are made in their own kitchens daily.
I really like the new trend in sharing platters. Ours had loads of goodies such as Fried Calamari, fried zucchini, proscuitto toscano, fennel salami, mortadella di bologna, parmegiano reggiano, mozzarella cheese and pickles.
A Grappa Ian Italian liqueur made from grapes) and a coffee and we were ready to wend our way home. Our train home to St Albans stopped right across the street at Blackfriars station. This was one occasion I wished we had booked a room in the hotel so we could just float upstairs to sleep!
I was a guest of Crowne Plaza London City and was not required to write a positive review. As usual all opinions and photos are my own.