Manicomio is slap bang in the heart of the square mile in what looks to be a small glass box. The glass box is designed by Sir Norman Foster and is actually three stories high but looks comparatively small in contrast to the towering buildings surrounding it. Downstairs at Manicomio is a deli and cafe while the second and third floors comprise a restaurant and bar area. I have been to a few functions in the bar area and am a big fan of Manicomio’s canapes so I decided it would be the perfect spot to meet my friend Sarah for a weekday lunch as it is almost equidistance between both of our workplaces.

Despite a chilly wind we could not resist sitting outside in the spring sunshine and trying to soak up some rare rays of sun. In keeping with the summer feel we both stuck to the salads on the menu although the cafe also offers a few more substantial seafood or pasta options. The clear beauty pageant winner was the Organic Salmon Nicoise Salad. Flakes of Salmon fillet were scattered over vibrantly coloured watercress, green beans and tomato and topped with golden yellow hard boiled eggs and nuggets of baby potatoes.

While I appreciated the simplicity and honesty of the buffalo mozzarella and beetroot salad I must admit that in comparison it was rather dull. A bit of greenery would have enlivened the salad and lightened it up. Still, I like their style at Manicomio. Prices are on the steep side but the produce is top quality and it is clear that a lot of thought and care has gone into the food. A little Norman Foster architecture, some fresh salads and a hint of spring sunshine proved quite a good way of brightening up a working day.


Details: Gutter Lane, London EC2V 7AD (Ph 020 7726 5010)

Damage: Pricey


If you liked reading this you might be interested in reading about the summery mackerel salad I had at Coco Momo in Marylebone or if you want a salad recipe try this brilliant one for Roast Sweet Potato and Chorizo salad.

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  1. I discovered this last year & fell in love. It’s also convenient for me to meet fellow City folk after work and I’ve now been there a few times. You are right – it is a bit pticey, but the ingredients are always fabulous. Try the antipasti platter starter – it’s divine!

  2. Jeanne – The antiplatter sounds good – I can just imagine that would go very well with a glass of wine on a Friday night.

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