Discovering a little piece of Italy tucked in the Shoreditch triangle was a joy. Bottega Prelibato is a charming and cosy restaurant / deli with bare brick walls and warm lighting. Furnitures are all wooden and rustic. The menu here changes daily according to seasonality to make sure ingredients are fresh. When the server presents the black board written menu, she took her time to explain every single Italian ingredient on the menu to make sure we know what they were. She even brought a wooden board of many different shapes of home made fresh pasta to show us which was which. It was baffling to see so many types of pasta and its many different names.
Roast chestnuts & potato with poached egg, porcini sauce and shaved black truffle
One of our starter, which even though looks small, was actually sufficient. I thought it was plated very beautifully and was a very earthy plate. The creamy, runny yolk from the poached egg brought the whole plate together.
Pancetta and gorgonzola risotto topped with mint and aubergine cream
The risotto was pretty filling for a starter, but was well delicious and worth the space in the tummy. We made a tiny mistake of ordering two portions of very filling pasta for main after this risotto so if you're ordering risotto for starter, a lighter main would be a better option.
Trofie liguri with crab meat, courgette and ground almonds
If you think the pasta was a giant portion, it was actually for the both of us though, still large. Since we both ordered the same pasta, the kitchen served them on a big oblong dish so we could both scoop it out like a sharing plate which felt quite homey. The pasta was slightly creamy and tasty but became heavy as we went along. We thought it lacked chunks of crab meat sprinkled on top instead of it mixed up and severed into tiny little pieces in the pasta. It would have been great, otherwise.
Overall, the food was well cooked and the ambience was lovely and very suitable for a romantic evening. I recommend making reservation though as we witnessed some unfortunate hungry diners being turned away due to restaurant being fully booked. It's popular!