When dining out in London, few areas shine so brightly as the West End. Whether you’re searching for a city centre business lunch, a pre-theatre meal or a special event for the whole family, it is always a good idea to head down to Soho for a bite to eat, and on Old Compton Street, you can find your ideal place in Melanie Restaurant, a Neapolitan restaurant at the heart of London’s Italian district.
Melanie Restaurant sets itself apart from the wider Italian community of Soho, specialising as it does in the food of the southern city of Naples. They bring a twist on the classical dishes of the Italian canon, providing an experience unlike any other in the West End, so we recommend expanding your options within London’s theatre district by heading down to Old Compton Street to find out what the fuss is all about. If you need more convincing, let us talk you through their menu.
When you order at Melanie Restaurant on Old Compton Street, begin with pane to share – garlic bread or crostini – before choosing from the antipasti menu. We’d go for the calamari, though soup is a popular option as well. A pasta course to follow is always a good idea, and their arrabbiata is a fine example of the spicier cooking associated with Naples. The southern Italian city is the home of pizza, and the selection here is extensive, though the Napoletana is the obvious favourite as an authentic example of what Napoli has to offer. We’d finish off with a limoncello of course, before taking our place in one of the palaces of London’s West End theatreland or a Soho dive bar to digest proceedings.
As always we had a lovely meal before our theatre trip. We took friends from Canada who loved the warm friendly atmosphere and great staff.
Love this place. Going to rebook for this Friday :) great option for pre theatre!!
This is a lovely restaurant, very friendly staff and a warm atmosphere and great food. My children love Italian food and can’t wait to come back one day soon
Great food and service. Extensive menu. If you cannot find something to suit your taste, you may not be hungry. Augusta took great care of us.
We were a party of 13 in London for a show. Lovely restaurant. The food was served with efficiency. Welcoming staff and nothing too much trouble. The food was excellent, really good value. Would highly recommend.
Pleasant atmosphere. Great staff. Food was tasty. However the service was very brisk and the food came very quickly after ordering. Didn't feel it had been cooked to order. Still if you are in a hurry then this is an ideal restaurant. I would certainly visit again if going to the theatre.
The restaurant was Amazing! Delicious food with great service. They didn't have our reservation tho so I think the quandoo kink might be broken. Would visit again.
Glad we booked a table. Our third time here and again we known from the start that we made an excellent choice. Delicious food and a tiramisu to kill for.
Extremely accommodating 6 people even though Quandoo had not sent them details if our booking. Very good service and delicious food. Would definitely recommend as reasonably priced too
Great tasting food pasta, pizza etc. Good service. Staff friendly. Food value for money. Great location in Soho. Really recommend it. Will visit again :)