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Dego (Bar, Restaurant)

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4 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8QJ
Cuisine: Italian
Tel: 020 7636 2207 | Email to Dego | Transport: Oxford Circus | Write review

Dego Review

Best for: Fantastic Italian food; proximity to Oxford Street; Value for money; special occasions.

Great: House cocktails; Bargainous lunchtime deals.

I know when I’m on to a good thing, restaurant-wise, not when I’m throwing out superlatives with the vocal velocity of Rain Man, but when I start thinking of my next visit and the people I want to take with me. Or those I’d recommend it to, in the confidence there would be no reputation-crushing backlash.

The most recent restaurant to induce this response is Italian wine bar & restaurant, Dego’, a relative newborn to central London’s Great Portland Street, and a mere two minute walk from Oxford Circus.

It’s while I’m taking in the ambient Café Del Mar beats, swallowing a perfectly al dente round of cheesy pumpkin ravioli, and reaching for the crisp white wine - expertly matched to our starters by sommelier and Dego’s co-owner, Massimo Mioli - when I know we’ve struck dining gold and I begin identifying the people I’d like to share this new discovery with. Throughout our lingering three-hour visit, it’s moments like this when my senses are pushed to the limits of joy.

Looking over at my partner-in-critique, Adam, who is contentedly constructing another forkful of burgundy beef tartare, I can sense he’s having similar thoughts. The music, the just-rolled pasta, and the verbena-scented trendy restrooms are all touches I know his well-travelled mother would appreciate.

My own ma, who couldn’t fathom how I could justify paying two weeks’ rent on a meal out – “It was once. By Pierre Koffman. And worth every penny.’” - would initially wince at the (actually very fair) mid-range prices, but be won over by the complexity of the Italian olive oil and the soft, buttery taste of the freshly baked bread. She’d also love, as did I, the enormous red mammoth tusk light shades, eclectic enamelled tiles blanketing the walls, and overall low-lit, red and black speakeasy décor.

My close friends, a hard bunch to please, who are quite happy with their trusty local, thank you very much, couldn’t fail to be tempted away from the familiar comfort of North London by the promise of imaginative cocktails - the jasmine and ginseng-infused Midnight Tea martini especially - as well as the large square booths made for groups, and the inbuilt central wine chillers. Oh, and the nearby tube, lest we forget.

Looking around, I see that the clientele match almost every scenario: a family of four; a large table of glass-clinking men; a few sweet, loved-up couples; and a solo diner. In fact, if you have taste buds, an empty stomach and an appreciation for comfortable surroundings, you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time.

The ravioli and tartare were definitely the stars of the evening, but the subsequent dishes were nigh on perfect too. Each one met the same write-home-about standards of deliciousness, from Adam’s duck and mash - which, although didn’t look much cop, would coerce a smile out of the grumpiest of souls - to my rose parfait, which was, as Massimo promised, ‘a special one for the lady’.

Similarly, the measure of caramel sweet 1978 Porto Barros we supped with dessert was by far one of the nicest drinks to have ever passed my lips. At £14 a pop (yes, that’s per glass) it’s not cheap, but definitely worth it.

Reflecting fondly on our visit the next day, I was trying to pinpoint what had made our meal at Dego’ such a stand-out success. I mean, there were no fancy foams, crisps, or Heston Blumenthal molecular gastronomy on display here. It was just the simplicity of the dishes, quality of the fresh ingredients, and an evident skill and attention to detail, collaboratively producing fantastic results. The same attributes, no doubt, which resulted in the two AA Rosette awards they received only two days later. The first of many more to come, I’m sure. As my friends and family will no doubt agree; once I take them there, that is. more

Customer Reviews for Dego

Average (based on 5 votes): 5 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“There's not a lot to say here. Beautiful food, excellent service. An absolute treat! There is a real finesse to the cooking. What you think you know, you realise that you are now eating in "AA" The service is exceptional without being obsequious or over powering. I am sure that you won't be disappointed.”
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anna, london (7 years 11 months ago)

“Dego' was impressive ! Food,wine and service absolutely amazing!! Best italian food in london. I comming back asap.”
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Ester, Liverpool (7 years 11 months 20 days ago)

“I took my wife to Dego' for her birthday. It was our first time there. We had a great experience there and were not disappointed in anyway. The restaurant has a very romantic atmosphere. The waitres were friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The food was wonderful. My wife a eel ravioli which in her words was spectacular. I tried some and agree. Absolutely delicious fish. I had a traditional dish from Vicenza region, home made "bigoli" with duck sauce,it was also beautiful. Definitely the best pasta dishes I have ever had. We shared a dessert plate, a chocolate meringue, which came out on "pyramid" chocolate shape and ginger sauce. One of the best desserts of our lives, we both agreed. It is not cheap but it is not overpriced either, and it is worth every cent. In summary,Dego'is excellent and definitely one of my three best restaurant experiences. Try it and you won't be disappointed.”
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Steven, london (8 years 8 months 5 days ago)

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“Celebrated S.Valentine here and was not disappointed, absolutely wonderful food and the service staff friendly, very knowledgable, while at the same time stylishly invisible. Very good wine list as well as exceptional food. Best dinner ever!”
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daisy, london (8 years 8 months 7 days ago)

“Went to Dego' Restaurant for lunch and try their set menu.Very good value for money, friendly and professional service. Fresh products, the only thing I can complain about the homemade bread is the focaccia a bit dry. Might want to go again and try their a la carte.”
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janet, london (8 years 11 months 21 days ago)

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Dego Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
6:30pm - 12:00am
Friday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
6:30pm - 12:30am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
6:30pm - 12:00am
Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:30am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
6:30pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
6:30pm - 12:00am

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