Mr Bond is removed from the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street with a large, sunny courtyard. It’s the ideal destination to escape, relax and enjoy some regional Italian food.
The result is an ever-changing menu of fresh creations made with whichever ingredients are at hand. You can count on a handful of seafood dishes being available, such as semolina-dusted calamari or mussels in lemon and pepper, plus heartier choices such as meatballs or lasagne.
For the takeaway crowd, there’s a vibrant display of salads and paninis, made fresh each morning. Cannoli, sfogliatelle and other sweets are also made in-house. They’re best accompanied by a smooth medium-roast Niccolo coffee.
For those leisurely courtyard lunches, choose from four wines on tap or Birra Moretti.
Inside is small but full of character. Hundred-year-old tiles rescued from a house in Spain add a tapas-bar feel. Forlano wanted to reflect the social aspect of Italian lifestyle; an idea continued with the communal tables and the menu’s many share plates.
For your pantry, there’s a selection of imports that Forlano and the team grew up with, such as a Golia, a traditional liquorice lolly.