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.
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.
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.
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!