The City



Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on July 24, 2011
"L’Anima is a horrid restaurant that serves good food charmingly. It’s a lot better than the customers deserve, and perhaps, one day, it will own its name without irony." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Matthew Norman Guardian Estimated score
Reviewed on October 31, 2009
"Chef Francesco Mazzei's food... is soulful in the extreme, bursting with the vibrancy of (primarily southern) Italian cooking, and worth the slightly eye-watering cost." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Mark Bolland ES Magazine Estimated score
Reviewed on March 23, 2009
"My own Angus beef carpaccio with homemade pickles was delicious, the rare meat sliced so thinly that it looked pinkly translucent on the plate." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on November 22, 2008
"Excellent tiramisu, great wine list, very attentive and well-informed service, near-perfect coffee, and a bill only a couple of quid shy of the one Barack Obama will have got for his US election campaign." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed on November 16, 2008
"...there is no doubt that Francesco Mazzei, like Giorgio Locatelli 10 years ago at Zafferano, is a brilliant star in the making." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on August 03, 2008
"I urge a visit, in summary, and fast, before it's too full to book or, alternatively, the recession bites and the angry masses burn it down." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh London Lite
Reviewed on July 16, 2008
"L'Anima may be one to save for special treats, but it treats you very well in return." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on July 12, 2008
"This is a ravishing addition to the London restaurant scene. If the food isn't quite as spiritual, or as excitingly innovative, as you're led to expect, it's certainly good enough to justify a night out among the City boys and the supermodels." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on July 06, 2008
"For when food is as good as this, when the sensual and the physical become one, it does indeed transport you to another place. What can I tell you? The for sale sign goes up outside my house tonight." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed by June 25, 2008
"L'Anima is about as expensive as an Italian restaurant can get but if you are up for paying these prices it's worth every penny. It makes you like London better to know that such a place can be created here and, I hope, sustained - even in these times." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Elena Berton Time Out
Reviewed on June 19, 2008
"L’Anima is the place where City types on a generous expense accounts and affluent trend-setters will love being spotted flashing their black AmEx. Mere mortals will probably want to max out their nondescript plastic here only on special occasions." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed on June 11, 2008
"This new Italian – in the City, of all places – is one of those rare restaurants that just knocks your socks off. Either we were extraordinarily lucky on our visit – it was, admittedly, one of those days when the sun was shining brightly – or this is a very significant addition to the London restaurant scene." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Dos Hermanos Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on May 28, 2008
"I had a good time here. The dishes are not cheap but the quality of the ingredients is excellent and the preparation sympathetic to those ingredients." READ REVIEW


Restaurant details

Address: 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate West, London EC2A 2DQ

Telephone number: 0207 422 7000

Contact restaurant

• 2 AA Rosettes

Nearest station: Liverpool Street

  • Nearest Station: Liverpool Street

  • Nearest Station: Moorgate

Opening times: Mon - Fri 11.45am - 3pm, 5.30pm - 11pm
Sat 5.30pm - 11pm

  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area
  • Wheelchair access


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