Fiume is one of the first restaurants to nab a great spot at the Battersea Power Station development. Currently not the easiest place to reach but if you love Italian food, the trip is definitely worthwhile
Once Battersea Power Station is fully transformed in 2025, they are promising us more than 250 restaurants and shops to discover but, for now, head on down to the riverside, escape the crowds and enjoy some rather special Italian food courtesy of chef-patron Francesco Mazzei in his latest venture Fiume.
The restaurant really has got one of the best spots on the waterfront overlooking the Thames and the tables on the outside terrace are sure to become ‘hot tickets’ as soon as the sun shines. For now, it’s all fur rugs and heaters and rather romantic. The view of the floodlit iconic towers is spectacular.
It maybe have only been open for a few weeks but Fiume is already packing in the crowds in search of some Italian comfort food in stylish surroundings, and the 120 seats are pretty much all taken on this particularly blustery Friday evening.
Francesco’s menu is brimming with flavour-packed classics. Go along hungry and eat like an Italian sampling the anti-pasta, pasta, meat and a dessert. We started with the fried calamari which was delicately crispy and comes with a nice dollop of garlicky mayo, the burrata was heavenly and we happily shared them both with a basket of bread and olive oil.
I enjoyed the excellent gnocchi, plump little parcels filled with gorgonzola and spinach and my companion declared the crab and Amalfi lemon tagliolini mouthwatering. For the main course, the Roman-style chicken was nice although a little bland for my taste but the sea bass guazzetto with a fresh tomato sauce hit the mark.
The super-skinny but oh-so-tasty zucchini fritti are destined to become an Instagram hit and probably worth a visit just to indulge in a bowlful.
We shared a tiramisu which was rich, creamy and yummy as you would expect with an Italian maestro such as Francesco at the helm. The rest of the desserts sounded a little underwhelming but if you have indulged in the rest of the menu, you probably wont have room anyway.
Tasty Italian food served in a bright, buzzing atmosphere with some wickedly good cocktails, what’s not to like? Just can’t wait for the Tube station to open in 2020!
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Fiume, Circus West, Battersea Power Station SW8; fiume-restaurant.co.uk