Cucina Asellina
Cucina Asellina

Cucina Asellina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://togrp.com/togrp-cucina-asellina-london/about/
  • Phone: 02073953445x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday 7.00am -10.30pm
    Monday - Wednesday 6.30am -11.00pm
    Thursday-Friday 6.30am -11.30pm
    Saturday 7.00am -11.30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Barry Vera
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Counter Seating, Late Night

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Temple underground station
  • Parking: No
A word from Cucina Asellina
Based on the popular Asellina from New York, Cucina Asellina will bring artisanal, well priced, Italian home-cooking in a stunning, contemporary setting.
Inspired by the traditional flavours and textures of simple Italian cuisine, Cucina Asellina's ethos is reminiscent of a humble Mediterranean kitchen. A warm, inviting atmosphere will welcome guests to enjoy classics prepared just as one would envisage served around an Italian family dinner table.
Cucina Asellina takes inspiration from the original Asellina Taverna in Pompeii, and the legend of Asellina herself who was regarded as a female pioneer of Roman hospitality.
Guests will be able to experience Asellina from 10am for morning coffees and breakfast plates, through to all day dining then cichetti and cocktails before dinner, finishing at midnight.
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Cucina Asellina reviews from OpenTable diners
208 reviews since 24 October 2013
Average Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.6
    Value3.3
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (95)business meals (69)special occasions (68)romance (53)fit for foodies (47)group bookings (44)good vegetarian options (32)child friendly (15)outstanding value (13)sunday lunch (12)disabled access (12)brunch (12)afternoon tea (4)outdoor eating (3)Show More
  • On the hop
    Dine4aDime
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    It's an excellent good location for theatres and galleries along the Strand and Aldwych. The staff are attentive and efficient, but it's not especially good value for money. The Italian, house red wine was disappointing, thin and slightly on the acid side. The food wasn't really anything exceptional, not for what they charge.
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  • Epic Italian
    ZoeLVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Relaxed setting with a fab personal touch on service. Choice was great & quality of food brilliant. Fresh feel about it. Definitely recommend.
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  • Glamorous Restaurant
    Hillie
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Excellent food & service in a glamorous setting. Somewhat expensive for what we received.
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  • Excellent Food and Service
    Reyrey
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    My fiance and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening here from beginning to end. Staff were extremely friendly and were on hand to ensure that anything we required was provided immediately. The starter dishes were unique and very tasty. The deserts (Lemon cake and chocolate balls) were amongst the best i've ever had. Fantastic evening.
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  • Dinner at Asselina
    PreWolfHallTheatre
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    This was my fourth visit to this restaurant and hitherto the food has been variable. The fist course arrived cold in the centre and had only partly been heated in the microwave. It had to go back to produce a hot version. It was courgette flowers, but I could not recall any flower, just a stalk and some processed type cheese and a hard thick batter. It certainly was not the tasty delicacy I expected. The main course was meat with a sprinkling of some mushrooms and something but not served with any green vegetables or potatoes and was very expensive for a few pieces of meat. The only thing that was nice was the bread. I will not be going back to the restaurant again. The menu choice is in any event quite limited apart from pizza and pasta.
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  • Royally ripped off
    majo
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    On arrival we were immediately asked what we would like to drink and requested tap water to start. Unfortunately the waitress brought bottled water which was opened before we realised so we shrugged it off. Then the waitress who brought a selection of breads dropped a bread stick which she said she would replace but didn't . So far, so mildy irtritiating. My starter was stodgy and utterly tasteless, my main course almost too salty to eat which was a shame as it could have been delicious. The waitresses tried to top up our glasses so frequently we had to ask them to stop. VERY irritating. We felt like they were trying to get us to order more. 2 less than mediocre course and a half bottle of wine for £90 is outrageous. Will never go back.
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  • Trendy ambience
    TigerVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Really liked this place. Good food and good value for money. Very trendy so it does impress. Well worth a visit
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • Good food - hotel atmosphere
    FJFAB
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Nice food at a good price, unfortunately it feels like a hotel restaurant rather than a friendly neighbourhood restaurant.
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  • Disappointing
    24eater
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great location, great contemporary decor and then 'nothing to write home about' food. Service was attentive but not personable.. The restaurant was not busy and food came promptly perhaps a bit too promptly.. so rating of disappointment it promised but failed to deliver..
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  • Lovely place, but very quiet
    Michelle
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This restaurant is part of the Me London hotel, and I mainly wanted somewhere for food before going up to Radio Rooftop bar for drinks so this was perfect. As it was a daytime visit I wanted somewhere light and airy but also decorated really nicely and this was definitely exactly what I was looking for. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was lovely, although the portions of pasta were incredibly small. The only downside to visiting on a Saturday afternoon is that it was incredibly quiet - the restaurant is pretty big but there were only three tables occupied so unfortunately it was very quiet and had no atmosphere. I would definitely love to revisit one evening though!
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and welcoming
    Roberta
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Welcoming ambience, very kind staff, really nice food...music too loud though!
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    Sharms
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Fantastic food that came quickly. Perfect setting for a business lunch - not too loud and the right side of formal without being stuffy.
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  • Not amused
    seeklinggoodfood
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    This is the second time in a week we went to this restaurant. The menu said free glass of wine with the meal and this is what the waitress offered us. When we had finished, we were charged for the wine!! I complained about this and was told wine was not included in our package. In spite of the waitress insisting we have a glass. The second time, we ordered a better wine knowing that we have to pay any way. The waitress again told us we were still owed 2 glasses of free wine. We said we didnt want any. She insisted so we said bring us 1 glass. Guess what? We were charged for this wine too. When we queried this, she said we had been given a better wine which was NOT included in the offer. All I can say is I feel duped. Wont go again
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  • Just what we wanted
    womblin3
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    On a visit with daughter to the Globe Theatre to see matinee performance of King Lear. The helpful staff ensured we were able to make good choices and the food was served quickly allowing us plenty of time to enjoy. Lovely food nicely presented and ideal for a special lunch. We could have chosen to eat for a lot less expense but personally our experience at Cucina Asellina really made our day in London special and I am so pleased we chose to eat there..
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly service
    0ut0ftowner
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    All of the staff were cheerful and attentive. The meal was beautifully prepared and presented. Our only challenge was never being able to get through on the phone to get better instructions on how to find them and to say that, though late, we were coming.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic italian in WC
    DuncParsyGreen
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    This is the third time I've been there. It's a chic italian with staff who clearly know their italian food and wine. The service is attentive. I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a genuine italian experience in the heart of London.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • m1234
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The restaurant was empty (August evening - therefore no ambience). The food was average. Beautiful setting however, the food does not match the place. The service too eager - they must have asked us 7 times if everything was alright, e.g.at the beginning of the main course and twice during the main course, which is, sincerely, too much.
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  • Wilfull
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    In an Italian restaurant the UK we expect zucchini to be deep fried in a tempura batter (delicious) so we ordered two side portions. These were griddled and without the batter so did not please our expectations. I had a mixed grill which was cooked well. My wife had frito misto (mixed fish) but there was little else but squid. The only chips were polenta - they do not do potato fries. My wife's Mango dessert was well presented and and enjoyed. For an Italian restaurant I expected the ice cream and sorbet range to be better and certainly to include Cassis (blackcurrant) but range was limited although the taste was good. Service very attentive and ambience enjoyable. Pricey for lunch.
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  • Food and Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The choice for vegetarian was very limited Cost of gin and tonic was 9.50 which when you compare to restaurants in similar hotels is exorbitant
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  • Poor restaurant
    mk22
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    I took visitors from overseas to Cucina. The food was awful and everyone complained about the quality. We give it a 0 rating. The bill came and we were incorrectly charged for a very expensive wine and side we never received. The service was average.
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  • Lunch at Cucina Asellina
    Fabgirl
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    This is the second time that I have had lunch here and it is a nice restaurant with good food. I have tried different wines and they have been excellent even the cheapest one on the wine list. Always a good sign in a restaurant. I went with friends and they were very impressed with the Asellina and the Radio roof top bar upstairs. I would take anyone that I wanted to impress.
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    business meals, child friendly, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MsChief
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    A group of 6, we were warmly welcomed by staff upon arrival at this chic restaurant. We allowed 2 hours for a pre theatre dinner but perhaps should have ordered from the set menu as we were a little rushed by the time we got to dessert. Staff were helpful and knowledgeable, the meals were beautifully cooked and the desserts just divine. The location is great for pre theatre dining.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Saturday lunch at Cucina Asellina
    Fabgirl
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    We had a pre-lunch drink at the Radio rooftop bar at the ME London hotel, which is within the Marconi Building on the Strand. The drink is expensive but worth it for the ambience and view. Cucina Asellina is ME London's italian restaurant on the ground floor. The restaurant is beautifully designed by Norman Foster and felt special. The food was very well cooked and presented. I usually avoid bruschetta but was intrigued by the sound of crab bruschetta. I needn't have worried it was excellent. I then had the lobster pasta which was also beautifully cooked with lots of lobster and homemade pasta. I highly recommend this restaurant. I marked it down for ambience because there were only two other tables dining at the time.
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    business meals, child friendly, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    The food was cold. There wasn't a variety of food to choose from.its over priced for what it is. Service was good though.
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  • Starters and Pasta
    Roberta
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Starters were nice and pasta really well cooked and well seasoned (it's quite a challenge to find not overcooked pasta in London, even among Italian restaurants !)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LALEYBRIT
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    THE FOOD IS JUST NOT ON THE 'WOW' SIDE OF GREAT. THERE ARE MUCH NICER ITALIAN PLACES IN CENTRAL LONDON WITH PROPER REGIONAL MENUS. WE COULDN'T GET A HANDLE ON WHERE, IN ITALY, THE KITCHEN HAD BASED ITS MENU. NICE WINE SELECTION THOUGH AND GOOD QUALITY HALF BOTTLES WHICH ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.
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  • Can be better
    mirod
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It good with the food, but worst with deserts ... The tiramisu I tried can make it better myself. Service of 15% is also quite higher than usual at places around.
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  • Worth a visit
    sorefoot
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    but 15% service charge for two courses is a bit high! Could do with more inventive veggie options on set menu but the sea bass was lovely. £4.50 for a small serving of beans was rather ott, we felt. Pud was delicious and service good so that we didn't have to worry about getting to the theatre on time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    Booking a restaurant for my boss is always a worry! Even more so, this time, as I was attending too!! But thankfully, the worry was unnecessary. Service was great, from concierge, bar and waiting. Food and wine were lovely, all dishes cooked perfectly. It wasn't too loud, despite a few large parties, so we were able to easily hold a conversation. A lovely restaurant! Would definitely recommend.
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  • Recommended
    yumyumVIP
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Great food in a modern setting. Open table set menu is great value. Good location near to strand and Covent garden.
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  • Poor service and overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    On Opentable it is advertised as having a set menu (2 courses for £16 3 for £20) but on arrival told that the deal was after 3pm. On here it is advertised from 12 noon until 7pm. It was very quiet and the staff didnt seem to have much to do yet we couldnt get their attention when we wanted to order. The mains we had werent anything special and the tiramasu was mostly cream in a coffee cup (it comes in a coffee cup). It feels pretty sterile inside, lighting seems a bit dim and could be brighter. I work close by and went for a business lunch, I wouldnt go back in hurry (or at all).
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  • Pre theatre dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    The service was quick and efficient. My friend's Gravad Salmon was not Gravad it was simply smoked salmon with a few grassy looking leaves. My starter was cold and should have been hot.
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  • Nice find
    LISA
    Dined on 19/6/2014
    I normally avoid hotel restaurants, however this is a good option for central London. The set menu was good value and the service was very attentive. There seemed to be some confusion among the staff about getting access from the restaurant to the rooftop bar. However once the manager was called he kindly escorted us upstairs so we didn't have to wait in the queue outside. An all round nice evening.
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  • Pre theatre dinner
    toptablepicker
    Dined on 16/6/2014
    Very nice selection and delicious, Especially with glass of wine included. Always seems not right tome that you have to pay for £4.50 for any side dish which of course then makes the set dinner price - not a set price, if you see what I mean!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Father's Day Dinner
    Homa
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    We went as a family for dinner. We had the 2 course set menu £20. The food was very good, we all finished off our meals. The service was very good also, as it was empty (only two other tables occupied). Will go again!
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  • Cucina Asellina
    LLSpiceVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Almost empty restaurant 5pm on a (nice) Sat. Service was rather hit and miss despite this. Cocktails very yummy and could have enjoyed more .... Mozarella starter was nice; seabass was delicious, chicken was enjoyed, polenta chips lacked seasoning. Panacotta was lovely with pistachio brittle and cherry topping but the aniseed biscotti weren't mentioned (can't eat aniseed). Glass of processo and rose wine went well. Okay but not amazing.
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  • great lunch
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    went there for a quick business lunch; the place was not too busy therefore the service was quick and efficient; the food was very tasty and presented in a rather sophisticated way; overall it was a great experience and will be going back
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • good quality and efficient
    Mike
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    we were going to the opera and only had 40 minutes. They were brilliant at getting both our starter and main course on time, and still enable us to get to the opera on time. Good quality food, great cocktails, and appropriately attentive yet not intrusive service. The food is very good - not amazing - but certainly good value for what you are paying at £16 for two courses
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  • Excellent value
    JoDavid
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    Amazing location right in the heart of theatre land..modern contemporary decor..pre theatre menu £16 for 2 courses £20 for 3...unbeatable. Attentive service. As far as the 15% service charge goes (which is far too step) you are not obliged to pay it as we didn't..I asked the waitress to add on 10%..everyone happy.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but....
    Bysieb
    Dined on 23/5/2014
    The restaurant was over priced and felt that the food was bland. Pretty empty yet the 5 or 6 table were all crammed together
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