On the day that storm Doris hit the UK I braved the winds and headed down to the award winning Diciannove Italian restaurant and bar to conduct a review. I was lucky that I didn’t get blown away by storm Doris and I’m sure you have seen the multitude of viral videos that showed people being blown down. However, I was more than ready to take the chance and after the exceptional experience I had at Diciannove; it was without a doubt worth the risk.

Now usually I’m not a fan of hotel food, having travelled frequently for work in present and past roles I developed a slight distain for hotel food which in my experience has been traditionally bland and boring; leaving my colleagues and I usually on the lookout for local authentic eateries.

However, Crown plaza – London city a few minute’s walk from London Blackfriars station, has thrown a curve ball with this one as I found housed within the Crown Plaza hotel Diciannove; an Italian restaurant and wine bar, where Alessandro Bay (who spent 10 years working under Giorgio Locatelli), is head chef.

The restaurant has a very relaxing and welcoming décor as well as a warm and inviting atmosphere. As I glanced around to look out for my dining partner for the evening I noticed the soft warm low Lighting that created an inviting ambiance.  As I stood by the door waiting for the flurry of people ahead of me to be seated, my dining partner arrived just in time and we were warmly welcomed and led to our table.

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