Mona Lisa

mona lisa

December 2nd, 2010

Last night I went to the Mona Lisa with Camilla. It’s a little Italian café/bistro at the very end of Kings Road in Chelsea. I’ve been there lots of times with Camilla, it’s a real favourite which always pleases. A huge point in its favour is a brilliant £9.95, three course menu which constantly changes.

king prawns portofino

We were famished, after many hours of computer deliberation and deviated from the cheap menu, because we wanted lots of starters! We had lovely, fresh, sour dough bread with a large bowl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, followed by King Prawns Portofino – prawns fried in butter with garlic and served with a wedge of lemon. Avocado Fiorentina followed promptly – baked avocado and tomato in a mozzarella and cheese sauce – it’s heavenly and almost like an avocado lasagne without pasta.

avocado fiorentina

My main course was finely sliced Calves Liver Alla Salvia – flash fried calves liver with lots of fresh sage – to die for! Camilla had lamb and we shared crispy, deep fried courgettes and sautéed potatoes with some green beans.

calves liver alla salvia

I have to confess to eating baked cheesecake for pudding, though I really didn’t need any extra padding.


Mona Lisa is at: 417 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW10 0LR. It’s alway busy, but I’ve never had trouble getting a table. The calves liver and sardines are superb and the meat balls are unbelievably good!

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9 Responses to Mona Lisa

  1. lecker.
    dein niko

  2. Audrey says:

    that explains the Mona Lisa smile …. after all the artistic and philosophical deliberation Craig has solved the mystery … The caption for the painting should be
    ” Shouldn’t have had the Pudding!” It is the smile of being ever so slightly over fed but with good food, so it is not the look of guilty , but rather guilty pleasure.

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  5. what a brilliant find….is it just after Beaufort St….it looks like the front of a place called Ed’s Diner that must be long gone by now?

    • Mad Dog says:

      It’s at Worlds End and I believe it’s been there for quite a long time. I go there regularly with a friend who lives round the corner. She usually wants to go to the Chelsea Arts Club but I insist on Mona Lisa 😉

  6. Popped over to see this after you mentioned it on Roger’s blog – what a brilliant place!

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