With a “pleasure palace” tagline and an ever-changing menu that reads like poetry of the Italian Gods, Jacuzzi lands in London with an almighty Italian splash. The Capital’s dining scene looks on at this incoming 4-storey behemoth with intrigue, anticipation, and most importantly, a growling appetite.
As the latest instalment of the Big Mamma collection (already featuring the Insta-favourite likes of Ave Mario and Circolo Popolare), there are high hopes for this Kensington newcomer– and let us tell you, it does not disappoint.
The restaurant spreads over 4000 sq ft, each floor embodying part of a Sicilian mansion. It’s overwhelmingly ostentatious, with every inch saturated with detail and decadence. The dense greenery and lemon trees surround royal red seating and courtyard-style furniture, under gigantic draped chandeliers and a backdrop of mirrored walls and murals.
If you’re looking for the ‘wow’ factor when it comes to the actual food and drink too, this has it, and by a Big Mamma magnitude. The wine list reads like a novel, with its cocktail list a masterclass in mixology and presentation. Foodwise, you can prepare to indulge. There’s caviar-topped pizettas and lobster risottos adorned with clams and seafood. There’s creamy raviolis and tender meats from veal to quality cuts of steak, along with rich veg-friendly options, the fried artichoke with a sensational truffle finish being a clear stand-out.
We don’t think it wouldn’t be a true visit to Jacuzzi without indulging in their soon-to-be famous Spaghetti Al Tartufo, a special home-made spaghetti alla chitarra with creamy truffle sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano foam, and fresh black truffle. It’s served directly from a pecorino wheel, for the true and full Jacuzzi experience. A headsup – it’s for a minimum of 2 people, so if it’s as much of a must-try for you as it is for us, make sure you have a likeminded dining buddy – or that you’re well prepared for a whopping double portion!
It would arguably be worth your while booking into Jacuzzi for dessert alone. The handmade Pistachio Profiterole Napoletana is very much a multi-sensory masterpiece, but it’s the Chocolate Fondue (served for 2) that is likely to be the firm menu sell-out. It comes with an apt warning for diners (“For very, very serious chocolate lovers”), and stays true to its promise, with the Grand cru Valrhona dark chocolate liquid bliss served with gigantic, freshly made churros.
There isn’t an inch of the haunt that doesn’t exude luxury – in the most extravagant, eccentric, and excellently excessive manner. And if you want to top off your experience in true Jacuzzi style – there’s a disco toilet in the basement, which we can assure you, is exactly what it sounds like.
Charge up your phones, hungry happy diners – this isn’t one you’ll want to do without.
You can find Jacuzzi at 94 Kensington High Street, W8 4SJ. There’s already immense demand, so it’s worth noting that bookings open 20 days in advance from 09:00. Happy feasting!
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