London restaurant review: Como Garden

Tucked away in the verdant heart of Kensington, Como Garden, an Italian Trattoria, promises a gastronomic expedition that weaves the aesthetic beauty of a traditional English garden with a delightful culinary tour of Italy’s twenty regions. And, it effortlessly delivers on this promise. I visited for a long evening of feasting with two of my good food-loving chums and we were instantly enamoured upon entering the restaurant. You are immediately captivated by the lush, enchanted garden ambiance, the soft murmur of foodies relishing in their happy place, and the delicate clinking of wine glasses.

As the afternoon sun dips behind quintessential London rooftops, the subtle, warm light of Como Garden filters through trailing ivy and exotic hanging plants, creating a tableau that is as serene as it is vibrant. Among the floral-printed chairs, rustic wooden tables, and the occasional hand-painted ceramic piece, you feel as though you’ve entered a classic Italian grandmother’s home, replete with comforting home-cooked aromas, a generous splash of Mediterranean charm, and an abundance of familial warmth.

The menu, a culinary tapestry woven from recipes inspired by Italy’s rich regional diversity, is a gastronome’s dream. The Melanzane Parmigiana is a riot of flavors, the tangy sweetness of the caramelised aubergines and the flavoursome tang of the cheese laden tomato sauce harmonizing perfectly. The Arancini balls instantly transported us to the sultry shores of sunny Sardinia.

The main course offerings are a tribute to Italy’s vibrant food culture. The truffle and parmesan tagliolini was gloriously creamy with the distinct nuttiness of Parmigiano-Reggiano, crowned with a generous adornment of truffle – a truly divine dish I still dream about till this day. The traditional lasagne layered with the richest, most flavoursome beef ragu and silky béchamel was true Italian comfort food on a plate.

The exquisite taste journey culminated with desserts that marry tradition with a touch of pleasing pomp. The tiramisu, velvety layers of mascarpone cream and espresso-soaked Savoiardi biscuits, elevated with a dusting of cocoa, is an indulgent experience that is difficult to forget. The Como Ferrero Roche was crunchy, creamy, and subtly sweet –  a fitting finale to the multi-course Italian symphony.

Como Garden isn’t just about the food. The restaurant seamlessly combines the elegance of fine dining with the soulful authenticity of a homely Italian Trattoria. The attentive, knowledgeable staff are always ready to guide you through the extensive wine list or suggest food pairings, adding a personalized touch to your dining experience.

When you order two truffle pastas to avoid FOMO

To dine at Como Garden is to immerse yourself in a feast of the senses, a celebration of tradition, and a love letter to the enduring allure of Italian cuisine. Our enchanting evening in this botanical oasis left us satiated, yet yearning for more. Bring on long, leisurely feasting sessions at Como Garden again and again…

Mitra Msaad

Editor in Chief