Pellicano restaurant is a family owned Sardinian establishment who is currently finding a home at myhotel Chelsea, while their original residence at Elystan Street is under refurbishment. Their new location is on the ground floor of the hotel and has its own terrace when you can enjoy the hot, city nights while indulging in some people watching.
The food is Italian with a Sardinian twist and like any good Italian boasts an extensive wine list, that being said the Raspberry Martini is a great summer cocktail, not so strong that you are floored but it has enough kick to know there’s alcohol there.
The menu begins with typical antipastis like Buffalo mozzarella cheese with grilled vegetables, and Grilled baby calamari with cannellini and Sardinian sausage – a must have.
The food here is all fresh and focuses on meat, fish and pasta dishes, for example the Grilled beef rib eye (tagliata) with sautéed wild mushrooms and potatoes is delicious and well cooked. Alternatively the Homemade Sardinian ravioli filled with potato, Pecorino cheese & mint in tomato sauce is distinctly average with the pasta being on the wrong side of al dente. The Zucchine frittes (strips of courgette fried in batter) are a saving grace and were happily devoured.
The restaurant, not unlike the décor of the hotel rooms, is decorated in light, dusky tones and has an almost sweet, tearoom feel to it. The staff is very attentive and are full of typical Italian hospitability, on hand to recommend cocktails and vegetarian options as needed.
We finish the evening with the wonderfully ripe Poached pear with an almond and orange centre – not dissimilar to a marzipan paste, which is served with berries. Due to all the fruit it almost felt like a low-calorie option but I fear it tasted too good to be healthy.
Pellican obviously has passionate chefs in the kitchens and the fresh flavours are clear throughout the evening, with the attentive staff added in this could easily be a favourite with the locals.