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The menu here is full of invention – though it’s the more classic dishes that hit the mark. On the starters menu, a Waldorf salad is reimagined with a roasted apple, overflowing with strong roasted brie, a braised endive and goat’s cheese. A cherry-smoked duck comes with a beautiful jelly, made with sliced grapes, a duck parfait, and a sadly rather chewy piece of bread. For the most part, the ideas are good, though the strong cheese is a little overpowering for the salad, and the duck a little over-done.
For mains, the osso buco is a triumph, however. The unctuous slow-braised beef shin is paired with balls of smoked tomato risotto and a bone marrow jus. The Weskus-inspired fish of the day is similarly successful. It comes with a wonderfully sweet, Malay-spiced crust, snoek pâté and apricots.
There are some small issues with the desserts – the chocolate fondant does not ooze and comes with an oversupply of kataifi. (I’ve never been quite sure what the kataifi brings to the party, and it really wasn’t needed here, with honeycomb and charred meringue to boot!) The affogato had a rather rock hard cassata and something over-sour somewhere in the construction.
There’s a good wine list, though options by the glass are somewhat limited.
Once the home of Count and Countess Labia, this grand structure is designed in the style of an 18th Century Venetian palazzo. Embossed wallpaper, filigree chandeliers, grand old paintings and ornate ceiling panels will take you back in time. But the real place to be is out on the terrace, looking out towards the sea. (If you’re after a sea view ask for it when you book – there’s also a courtyard, which sadly doesn’t have a view of the glorious ocean.) On Saturdays and Sundays, over lunch, an accomplished pianist plays in an adjoining room.
Wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable staff help to keep the mood light in what could be quite an intimidating space.
A meal with a gorgeous sea view, away from the crowds.
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We had a great lunch at Casa Labia on 9th August 2011. The setting is beautiful and the food and drinks served were excellent. Even though one order didn't come out right first time, they handled the situation brilliantly and we had a fantastic afternoon. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we booked again for another 'date' in two weeks’ time!