Ristorante Etna

Contact: 55-57 Hertford Street, Coventry, CV1 1LB
Tel: 024 7622 3183
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March 27, 2010

I really wanted Etna to be good. Mainly because it looks a bit tired from the outside and I like the idea of hidden treasures.

I went for the lamb noisettes in a red wine and red currant sauce and my partner opted for the sea bass fillets in a tomato, garlic and caper berry sauce.

Both dishes came not from the a la carte menu but from a list of monthly specials – a good sign that the chef is on the ball and keeping up with seasonal flavours.

The lamb was soft, delicate and full of flavour. The sauce was amazingly rich, but slightly too sweet for my tastes.

My partner’s sea bass was flaky, succulent chunks of fish on deliciously crispy skin.

At £15 each the dishes weren’t cheap but outstripped some of Coventry’s pricier Italian restaurants.

We ordered the Cabernet Sauvignon delle Venezie (£14) from the middle of the wine list. It was fruity and smooth.

Two waiters in traditional penguin attire delivered superb service with charm.

One managed to irritate my partner by asking me if I wanted to taste the wine she had ordered (perhaps feminism hasn’t made it to Etna’s yet) but by the end of the meal her grievances appeared to slip away as she tucked into the dessert of the day – a choux pastry with fresh cream topped with frosted chocolate and caramel.

Described as “one of the best desserts” she has ever had, it was light, sweet and, for a chocoholic, unmissable.

The restaurant was curiously empty for a Friday night. Throughout the evening we saw only four other couples and a lone diner.

Etna deserves to be busier.

The food was great and the place has a curious nostalgic atmosphere.

If you go upstairs to the toilets you’ll find a whole new level of seating and another bar which should be bustling with diners.

But when we visited it was eerily empty.

It’s a shame because if you really wanted to treat your loved one to a meal out, you won’t go wrong by choosing this restaurant.

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