By Katie Wilson
London has a brand new rooftop restaurant, and it couldn’t get any more central if it tried. Pet owners will also be pleased to know the outside terrace is dog-friendly.
Hidden above the Outernet building as you come out Tottenham Court Road station, head down the pathway in the middle of the two video screens, take a left and you’ll arrive at Cavo, an oasis of calm above the hustle and bustle of the busy city below.
Cavo only opened in May 2023, so everything is still shiny and new. As well as a huge restaurant that sweeps around the building, there is a pretty blue and gold hued roof terrace you’d never know was there.
We visited on a Saturday in the sunshine to try their one of their new weekend brunch menus.
Seafood & Sangria Brunch is priced at £65pp. For that you get a selection of appetisers, such as Spanish Mackerel and Beetroot Hummus. This is followed by the Cavo Seafood Platter. Think Lobster Tail, Langoustines, Razor Clams, Mazara Prawns, Mussels and Oysters. Dessert is also included, as is a carafe of Sangria per person.
The other option is a Taste of Cavo for £70pp, which we went for. This could also be shared, as you get everything that is on the menu for that price.
Entrées come in the form of Fine de Claire oysters, easier to eat as they are less fleshy, so perfect for those who are oyster-curious but haven’t given it a proper go yet. Salted Cod Mousse on Crispy Sourdough went down a treat, as did the Bigne ou Moules, a bite-size spicy mussel in choux pastry that was extremely tasty.
Perfectly cooked scallops pan-fried with champagne, butter emulsion and chilli came next, which we could have eaten twice.
Options for mains include Lobster Tail lightly poached in butter, orange zest and tomato water, a cut of Pluma Iberico on a bed of mashed potato and the melt-in-your-mouth Tagliolini, a dreamy dish of wild 36-month aged parmesan with the option to add black truffle, which you absolutely should.
After all that, we just about managed to fit in a creamy Basque Cheesecake for dessert, but shared instead of having one each. Drinks aren’t included on this menu, but Cavo restaurant serves a great selection of cocktails, wines and fizz.
Signature cocktails to try include the Champagne Seville Orange (£20), Strawberry and Basil Frosé (frozen rosé, £16) and the perfect end of meal order, a Tiramisu Martini (£16).
When it comes to the food, fish is the primary focus here. Next time we visit we’d be tempted to try the Black Cod with cherry tomato and Kalamata olive sauce (£28) and the Dover Sole with asparagus and creamed spinach (£31).
Other dishes that caught our eye include the Slow-Roasted Aubergine with Feta Mousse, Harissa and Pomegranate (£13) and the Wild Forest Mushroom and Spinach Lasagne (£13). There is also a vegan tasting menu for £50pp. In the week, a three-course pre-theatre menu is on offer for £35. Add wine pairing for an additional £26pp.
Cavo restaurant is a welcome addition to the capital’s rooftop bar and restaurant scene and the perfect meeting spot in central London.
Best for: Rooftop drinks, dog-friendly, brunch, seafood, special occasions
Cavo restaurant is at The Now Building Outernet Denmark St London WC2H 0LA. The Rooftop is open Monday to Sunday 12pm to 9pm and the main restaurant is open Monday 12pm to 11pm, Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to midnight and Sunday 12pm to 10pm.
Prices start from £7 for a small plate to £35pp for a sharing dish. Luxury caviar from £90
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