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Restaurant: Four To Eight – Covent Garden, London

What a way to start the weekend! We headed down to Four to Eight – a contemporary and independent Italian restaurant nestled in Covent Garden. With only a few tables joining us in the restaurant in our time there, we were treated like royalty and left not only with very happy bellies, but also feeling like we’d made friends with manager and waitress.

The first of our four rounds of cocktails comprised of a Tiramisu Martini – a perfect combination of caffeine and spirit, and Red Touch – a fruity explosion to arouse the taste buds of what was to come. The starters symbolised the restaurants strap line, which is “beautiful, simple dining.” Both the chicken liver parfait with chutney and sourdough, and blowtorched mackerel packed punches of flavour, all of which was fantastically presented. 

Beautiful in flavour and simplicity of ingredients is the key here, as the name of the restaurant comes from the fact that each plate on the menu comprises of only four to eight ingredients. The high quality produce and twists on classic dishes ensures that this elegant restaurant stands out amongst the crowded dining scene in this part of the capital.

Our main courses were equally as impressive, with Jessica’s carbonara tagliolini being slightly different than most with the streaky bacon and a poached egg placed on top instead of it being mixed through, providing a great yolk explosion video for Snapchat and Instagram. The sirloin tagliata was beautifully tender and as always, combined perfectly with mushrooms and rocket top. 

Despite both of our courses so far being very filling, they were even more delicious and we couldn’t leave without a dessert. But not only did we get dessert, but two more rounds of cocktails! The manager, Gino, kindly asked if we’d help him out in training our waitress with making different drinks, and it’s fair to say we were more than happy to lend a hand!

Round three comprised of an Espresso Martini and Pornstar Martini, both incredibly delicious and good looking, and round four was a Wild Cosmopolitan and Negroni. We attended a Negroni event a few months back, and have been dying to have it again since – it was as great as we remember it!

Four rounds of cocktails would normally leave us on the floor, but the fact that we were still sat on our seats is a testament to the amazing food that we were having to go alongside. On that note, the mascarpone affogato was creamy and light, just what was needed. The pineapple carpaccio had so many different aspects and flavours to it, all going so well together and with the coconut sorbet stealing the show.

Our meal and service was faultless. We’d fully recommend to anyone looking for a quality pre or post theatre meal, a quick lunch break from shopping, or a lengthy occasion venue with family and friends. A massive thank you to Gino at Four to Eight for taking care of us so well.

Food: ★★★★★

Customer service: ★★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★

Toilets: ★★★

Disclaimer: we were invited to the restaurant for a complimentary meal in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.

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41 Comments

  1. Victoria
    August 31, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    This sounds great, I shall have to pop in when I'm near Covent Garden. The mascarpone affogato sounds insane!

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Omg that dessert is to die for, pls do, you honestly won't regret it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. Anonymous
    August 31, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    This looks like a lovely spot. I am working near Covent Garden next month so might take a little pit stop on route home if I am feeling a bit hungry. The drinks looks great and the coconut sorbet as well. I love coconut and cocktails so that would be an ideal mix for me.Lois xwww.lifeasloismay.wordpress.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:21 am

      Amazing! Then this is the perfect spot for you, it'd be great for after work drinks ;)Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. Emily
    August 31, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    This looks absolutely mouthwatering! I'm the biggest fan of carbonara and can't wait till I'm not pregnant and can have it again! And a tiramisu martini sounds absolutely heavenly. Now I want lunch!xxEmilyemilyhallock.blogspot.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:21 am

      You have no idea! Ugh agreed, love me some carbonara and now I'm excited for you to have it again!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. Jess H
    August 31, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    This place looks, and sounds, incredible! I've only ever visited London properly once and have never visited Covent Gardens but this place makes me want to book a trip down to the Capital asap! Beautiful photographs too xwww.whos-that-girl.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Oh my, you have to come to Covent Gardens next time you're in London, it's so pretty and has so many good places like this!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Corinne & Kirsty
    August 31, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    And… here you go! You made me hungry! Everything looks fabulous! The food, the cocktails! Really! Especially the cocktails! You're so lucky you got to go there! xx corinne

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:23 am

      We were very lucky to have come here and had such amazing good and cocktails. Honestly couldn't recommend it enough!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. Carries Closet
    August 31, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Those cocktails sound amazing and the food looks pretty delicious too x

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:23 am

      It was an overall amazing experience!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  7. Julia
    August 31, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    I've been to Covent Garden a couple of times and I've never seen this restaurant! The meals look so yummy, makes my mouth water. And the drinks… Beautiful! I love Italian restaurants, and when the service is good it's a must-visit place!Julia xxtheglassofclass.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:24 am

      It's hidden away like all the gems are, it's just around the corner from the main square bit! The service was impeccable and we'd recommended it if that's what you love!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  8. Kim K Photography
    August 31, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Wow those desserts! My mouth started watering when I saw them 😍

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Trust me! When it came to the table, I was drooling!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  9. Tara Daniella
    August 31, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Funnily enough I always struggle to decide where to eat in Covent Garden, maybe it's because there's so much choice, but this place sounds fab! I'll have to make a trip next time I'm down in London! Tara xo http://taradaniella.com/

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:26 am

      So true, there is so much choice but honestly – if you're crazy about Italian food like us, you'd love it here! A must visit!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  10. Meloferian Blog
    August 31, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    these desserts looks delicious

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:26 am

      So so delicious!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  11. Pinkiebag Pinkiebag
    August 31, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Hi, it looks like a wonderful venue to eat in The food looks amazing and as for the drinks, a special martini to start. I'm saving the details as I want to visit. Thanks for sharing, Chloe #TeacupClub

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:27 am

      Good shout good shout! Please do let us know how much you loved it if you do visit yourself!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  12. Joanne Rangeley
    September 1, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Your photos as always are amazing and make me want to try everything!! Especially the cocktails 🍸🍸🍸

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:27 am

      Well thank you so much! The cocktails were the cherry on top, 4 cherries!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  13. Hels
    September 1, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Those cocktails look absolutely incredible! Pornstar Martinis are one of my favourites! That's so cool that Gino asked you to help out! I really want to try that coconut sorbet – I never know where to go when I'm in Covent Garden so I'll definitely have to try Four to Eight! Hels xxwww.thehelsproject.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 1, 2017 / 9:30 am

      Pornstar martinis are defo a fave but we just don't have it enough! I know, of course we couldn't complain or say no to more cocktails 😉 you'd love it, we highly recommend it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  14. Llinos Thomas
    September 1, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Covent Garden is the coolest place to go and eat, will try this place next time for sure!

    • Food and Baker
      September 3, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Agreed! Pls do, you won't regret it! Amazing service and food!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  15. Charlotte Clark
    September 1, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    This food looks so good, and the drinks do too! I've never eaten out in Covent Garden but all the restaurants look amazing.

    • Food and Baker
      September 3, 2017 / 10:05 am

      If you ever do, we'd highly recommended Fout to Eight for sure!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  16. abbeylouisarose
    September 3, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    I need a tiramisu martini in my life RIGHT NOW. Heheh, how good do your cocktail photos look!? Before I went veggie, I was a huge carbonara lover, I am very partial to a good creamy pasta sauce, so Jess's main course sounds absolutely delish to me! Lucky you to be invited to review this fabulous venue!Abbey 💓 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      September 3, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      All the cocktails tasted just as good as they looked! Each one was so different but so yummy! Can't beat a good carbonara! Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  17. Bea
    September 3, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    I might just go to try the desserts, they look absolutely delicious!

    • Food and Baker
      September 6, 2017 / 10:41 am

      Definitely! It's a good shout!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  18. kayleigh Zara
    September 6, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    All the drinks look amazing, the tiramisu martini looks like it would be absolutely perfect! The food looks gorgeous too xKayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 14, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      The drinks were definitely the cherry on top on the cake!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  19. Lifethrough Tsg
    September 6, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Oooh, wow, this place looks so cool! All of the food looks delicious, and I'm glad you enjoyed your time there! Those cocktails look right up my street, they look amazing!Hayley XLifethroughtsg.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 14, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      It was such a nice place, really quiet but it defo needs more recognition for there lunch!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  20. kate h
    September 15, 2017 / 10:23 am

    That sounds like a brilliant restaurant! I'd love to go there someday. The architecture inside is fab and the presentation of the food looks great. Those desserts look yum!

    • Food and Baker
      September 29, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      The desserts were the cherry on top of the whole experience!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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