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Ideas for a slightly celebratory dinner

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Looking for somewhere for dinner next Monday that can be easily reached from both Battersea and Islington. It's a birthday evening but we don't want to spend a vast amount. I fancy Italian, but am open to other ideas.

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  1. We ate at Mennula last Friday. It might be in the right location for you. That said, I think some offerings were very overpriced (two scallops for £12), but the mackerel starter was delicious and only £4 something - a real bargain.

    The kitchen got two of our dishes wrong and one had to go back... my husband's spinach. It was so long returning as spinach instead of something else that he had already finished his main.

    The Sicilian dessert of four different pastries and sweets was very good. Service is excellent, but we felt the waitress should have been sharper about the things that went wrong, although they did apologize profusely and the maitre d is a cool guy.