With Bibo in Putney, Rebecca Mascarenhas has succeeded again in offering West London locals fabulous food without the commute into central London. Mascarenhas is behind Sonny’s Kitchen in Barnes and has earned a Michelin star at Kitchen W8 in Kensington with Phil Howard. The head chef at Bibo is Chris Beverly, whose confidence and talent with unique, high-quality ingredients makes this modern Italian restaurant an authentic gem
We met two friends at Bibo and started the evening with the special cocktail, blood orange fizz. Bibo’s décor is rustic yet sophisticated with white painted walls and a mix of black and white photographs and colourful collage paintings. The wine list is predominantly Italian, featuring a reasonable range of prices, and Italian craft beers are available.
Bibo’s menu is structured in the traditional Italian fashion with antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. To begin, we shared four delicious starters. The burrata antipasti (£8.50) was meltingly gooey and served with fresh peas and specialty cured ham. Flank steak (£7.00) was served rare and soft with delicate salad leaves and parmesan. The special risotto (£8.00) was creamy and subtly flavoured with hops and, finally, we tried the artichokes (£6.00), which were sautéed to give each outside leaf a lovely garlic crispiness.
Onto the mains; the lamb rump (£18.50) with roast peppers and purple sprouting broccoli was very tasty and each vegetable had a savoury, distinct flavour. The salmon (£17.00) with Jersey Royals had an Italian hint as it was served with Amalfi lemon to give it a tangy, zesty taste. The pappardelle with slow roast pork ragu’ (£14.00) was flavoured with lemon and marjoram and the slow cooked pork shoulder (£16.50) tasted like someone’s Italian mother had made it.
At this point we were stuffed, but we still wanted to explore the dolci section of the menu. The gorgonzola dolce (£7.50) was more savoury than sweet but paired nicely with poached pear and candied walnuts. We also tried the chocolate budino (£6.00) that was not on the menu and looked like a nice mound of earth nestled in a bowl. Instead it was smooth chocolate mousse topped with a light drizzling of olive oil and salt, then sprinkled with crumbled biscuit.
Overall, our dinner was relaxed and completely delicious. The wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful throughout our meal, including when we asked about gluten-free dishes. We will be very happy to return!
46 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 2SW