IT'S NEW! IT'S FRESH! IT'S SIBILLA! I went to Casa Sibilla's launch this evening.
The launch menu reads like a dream:
ZUPPA FARRO E PANCETTA AFFUMICATA
Tuscan spelt & smoked pancetta soup
BRUSCHETTA, VERDURE AL FORNO E MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA
Roasted Mediterranean vegetables & buffalo mozzarella bruschetta
RAVIOLI GAMBERI E ZUCCHINE AL PACHINO
Prawns & courgettes ravioli with fresh tomato sauce
PARMIGIANA DI MELANZANE
baked Aubergine Parmigiana, tomato, basil and melted mozzarella
BRASATO DI VITELLO AL VINO ROSSO CON POLENTA ALLE NOCCIOLE
slow cook ox cheek, hazelnut polenta and red wine sauce
PESCE DEL GIORNO IN CROSTA PROFUMATA AL BASILICO, PATATE OLIVE NERE E ORIGANO
catch of the day in basil crumbed, braised potatoes, black olives & Sicilian oregano
cappuccino & mascarpone tirami su
CROSATA MANDORLE E PERE
frangipane cream and pear tart
SELEZIONE DI FORMAGGI
Italian cheese selection with home made grape jam
I had the soup and the fish; the fish was particularly succulent, cooked to perfection with a delicious crispy dusting of breadcrumbs and herbs.
Beautiful Italian food cooked with passion and dedication. Go check it out.
The diet was thrown out the window when I ended up here for a leisurely Saturday afternoon lunch.
Nestled away in the buzzing Brixton Village this place was a great find. We luckily got seats straight away although most tables were taken. There are a number of tables in the restaurant itself and quite a few situated outside. While covered over it must still get cold at times and blankets are provided on each seat should you feel a bit chilly.
The food served here is Cicchetti which is the Italian version of Tapas. We were spoilt for choice. We decided to go for the Sibilla Platter which consists of cured meat, buffalo mozzarella, a selection of tapenades, caponata and moreish pepper casserole. We were going to order a couple of Cicchetti as well but luckily we saw the size of the platter before we did. The platters are huge and were more than enough for two of us along with some bread. The food was truly delicious and all thoughts of calorie counting and demonstrating any sort of control were forgotten.
To accompany our food we ordered the cocktail of the week which was a Blood Orange Mimosa (freshly squeezed blood orange and Prosecco) - yum!!
The service here was not good. It was incredibly slow but you do not come to a place like Casa Sibilla for fast food. This is the sort of place you want to sit back and watch the world go by.
One word of warning. Casa Sibilla does not take cards so make sure you have enough cash on you as it is a bit of a stroll to the nearest ATM.
We had some funny cakes here that we thought were custard donuts but were actually lemon drizzle fairy cakes. Completely not what we were expecting but quite yummy all the same (though I thought a teeny bit dry- all their cakes looked a teeny bit dry, except ours, which turned out to be a teeny bit dry).
The staff were lovely and friendly, so would like to come back to try more stuff!
I'll definitely be back. Great, fresh, Italian food. Lobster ravioli was excellent. Lamb chops were tender and flavourful. The antipasta starter for the entire table was a wonderful mix we all enjoyed. Service as very friendly, too.
Only hiccup for our table of 8 was that, though we expressed we were on a deadline, it took over an hour to get to our main course.
With a smaller group and more time I would be more than happy to return.
Casa Sabilla has only been open for a couple of months and is tucked away in the lovely Brixton Village market (formerly known as the Granville Arcade). This is a great spot to come in search of a decent, reasonably priced lunch or dinner as there a whole heap of great little places dotted around the market cooking up an interesting and varied range of cuisines.
Casa Sabilla is a small cosy space with a deli counter, kitchen area and a few simply laid tables. Feels very homely, even when we visited a couple of weekends ago on a freezing cold, snowy Saturday afternoon and Paola and her staff were very welcoming.
As there is no licence to sell alcohol at present you can bring your own, with no corkage charge, which immediately puts you in a good mood. We dropped into the local M&S and got a nice bottle of Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc before meeting up with Tory Boy and Carmen.
It might have been the blizzard outside but it was pretty quiet at 2pm and we had a choice of tables. I would recommend getting some bread and olive oil while you have a look at the handwritten menu. Paola has some very tasty olive oil produced by her family, which you can also buy to take away, and makes a divine emulsion with the olive oil and a special balsamic vinegar .. oh my lord it's good.
Only 3 starters and 3 mains on the menu so you don't need to agonise over it for too long. We went straight to the mains and ordered the beef lasagne and the roast chicken with root vegetables. Nicely presented in a casual kind of style this is simple food prepared with some skill and a little love and care.
The beef ragout was rich, slightly sweet and had a really good depth to the flavour. Carmen, our Spanish critic, was very complementary about the chicken which looked very tasty. Main courses are about £7.50, if my memory serves me well, and I think the total bill for all 4 of us was under £40.
3 dessert choices again and we all were all drawn to the panettone with mascarpone and orange cream. A lovely combination of taste and texture; a real pleasure to eat.
Didn't stay for coffee as there is the Federation coffee shop just opposite; if you like coffee pay it a visit as they are turning out some great cups.
We have also had some take home food from here, which included delicious pork meatballs, and I'd recommend popping in here to pick up your supper over M&S or Waitrose every time. Paolo is also going to start giving cookery lessons in the New Year which might be worth checking out.
This is a great little Italian outpost of home cooking in the reborn Granville Arcade and is well worth a visit.
The owner is a bigger foodie than anyone you've ever met. She knows the origins of all her ingredients and her wine, often right down to the town they're from. And the food is lovingly prepared in an authentic Italian style. It doesn't boast, it can be chilly in the winter (do wrap up warm) but this is my favourite Italian in London. Three-course dinner for two, including wine, won't cost more than £50-60.
I had my birthday party at Casa Sibilla, the atmosphere and ambience of the place is fantastic, the service is very friendly and warm. I met with Chef Paola before and I ask her if she could make something different from the menu, and she make an amazing family style feast, she made Risotto with truffle oil, octopus stew, and leg of lamb with salsa verde, also my original birthday cake "Tiramisu". This place is exactly as she describes it, is like going to her house and you always feel like she is cooking specially for you.
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