Lunch at Canto Corvino in Spitalfields

My husband used to work near Liverpool Street, which meant that for eight years he never wanted to visit the area on the weekend as it was ‘like being at work’. Now that’s he’s changed companies (and area), I thought it was high time we paid Old Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane a visit.

We really wanted to try Enoteca Super Tuscan, as it’s got great reviews and we love going for Italian for lunch on Saturdays. Unfortunately it’s not open on weekends, which is a shame as the area is actually buzzing over the weekend – unlike other parts of the city, where I can understand why restaurants are closed as it can be really quiet.

I found Canto Corvino on Zomato, and liked the look of the menu so we decided it give it a try. The restaurant is located a mere five minute walk from Liverpool Street station down Artillery Lane, which used to be called Raven’s Row and Canto Corvino translates as ‘song of the raven’.

On entering, the first thing that catches your eye is the beautifully designed bar. There were some delicious-looking cakes and pastries on the bar counter too, which given it was brunch was a welcome sight.

The bar area at Canto Corvino

The bar area at Canto Corvino

Although it seats 140, you don’t feel as though you are in a really large restaurant and the tables are well-spaced so that you’re not sitting on top of your fellow diners. The main feature is an open kitchen so that you can see the chefs at work.

The open kitchen at Canto Corvino

The open kitchen at Canto Corvino

The restaurant is really well designed and has an almost ‘modern warehouse’ feel to it. It’s luxurious without being pretentious. Given that Spitalfields was associated with the silk industry back in the 1600s and has been a market site for centuries, it’s a lovely nod to the area’s history.

We were really tempted by our neighbour’s mouth-watering looking buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles but opted for true Italian instead. We started with the figs, trevise, blu di bufala and Jerusalem artichokes salad and the beef carpaccio with fermented kohlrabi and hazelnuts – both of which were delicious. We were also served focaccia, which is made on-site, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. My husband, aka the ‘bread monster’ ate four pieces and rated it top notch.

Starters at Canto Corvino

Starters at Canto Corvino

Following our starters, I chose the pumpkin cannelloni with walnuts and smoked provola and my husband opted for the red mullet bucatini. My cannelloni was a little bit on the sweet side but was really tasty. My husband enjoyed his pasta but remarked that the ‘bucatini’ wasn’t quite bucatini as the pasta was too thin. We washed our pasta down with a glass of perfectly chilled prosecco each.

Pasta courses at Canto Corvino

Pasta courses at Canto Corvino

During October, the restaurant is offering 50% off brunch which makes it fantastic value. The food was very tasty, service was excellent and it had a good ambience – we will definitely return.

After lunch, we spent the afternoon exploring Shoreditch – taking in the markets and street art.

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