We went off piste again this week and popped into Terra Terra, a new restaurant that has popped up on Finchley Road in north London. Operating all day, it caters to commuters in the morning with a breakfast offering before segueing into a classically Italian dinner menu. We nipped behind the slick black façade on a breezy December evening to investigate.
Launched by the Ghost Group, who have contributed to openings running the gamut from The Mondrian, The Manhattan Loft Project and Dreamland in Margate, the dining room is a chic mid-century modern affair with pistachio-striped wallpaper, particoloured tile flooring, black marble tables and darkwood chairs. We grabbed a seat on the banquette tables on the side which afforded great views into the open plan kitchen, its gantry laden with breads and potted herbs.
As we munched on homemade bread with Tuscan olive oil we pored over the menu. Our choices were either astute or the chef was adept, as the starters were on point, including seared tuna spike with chili and lime and a beef carpaccio studded with crispy parmesan. Pastas were punchy, including casarecce with a rich lamb ragu and a cutting, astringent gremolata as well as charcoal tortellini with spicy sausage and butternut squash. We wrapped up our meal with vanilla panna cotta served with berries and an excellent ricotta cannolo with chocolate and orange.
For a pithy neighbourhood Italian in Finchley Road, Terra Terra certainly fits the bill.