There’s fine dining, and there’s fun dining. And for the Full Circle collective – the team behind good times and good pasta pop-ups Alfio’s and Wilmer – nothing spells fun like locating its Italian restaurant Don Peppino’s in a former nightclub on Oxford Street.
The venue was formerly known as the Grand Pacific Blue Room. During its heyday in the 1990s it was the party place to see and be seen. The nightclub relics still remain – an oversized chandelier here, a faux marble, neon-lit staircase there, and the 60-person dining room still has its DJ platform.
There’s a succinct menu that changes weekly, with an antipasti selection from the cold bar, and fish and pasta for secondi. The team is also using a pasta extruder, a mechanised pasta contraption that efficiently turns semolina dough into spaghetti and the like.
To drink there are plenty of natural and Italian wines, and bang-for-your-buck house vino from kegged-wine producers Sparrow & Vine.