Giaconda Dining Room
England WC2H 8LS
Tel: 44 20 7240 3334
Concierge.com's insider take:
Giaconda Dining Room is a tiny, good-value restaurant in an unpromising but über-central location off Charing Cross Road. The food, by Australian chef Paul Merrony, is a simple selection of French- and Italian-influenced dishes that go by that rather catchall name of "modern European." Daily specials such as hake cooked with a caper and olive sauce will satisfy most tastes, while the more adventurous should opt for customer favorite crisped pig's trotters. Meat eaters will revel in the reasonably priced sautéed veal kidneys, poached ox tongue, and braised tripe served with a delectable mélange of chorizo, butter beans, and paprika. The on-the-ball and unflappable waitresses are a big plus here, as is the fair pricing on the food and the wine. But we suggest you avoid the two tables near the coat rack in this tightly packed place, or else resign yourself to spending the evening bending sideways to allow your fellow diners access.—Giovanna Dunmall
Open Mondays through Fridays noon to 3 pm and 6 to 10:30 pm.