Although I work around Victoria, it can be a tough area to dine-in unless you are willing to splash the cash and eat somewhere quite exquisite.
With a friend in need of a place to eat after a problematic day at the passport office, TOZI came up as a solution; an Italian restaurant perfect for eating away the stresses of life.
TOZI is located a stone’s throw away from both Victoria coach station and Victoria train station, making it an ideal location for travellers with a few hours to spare and conveniently away from the hectic mess that can be Victoria.
The restaurant itself has modern decor with a large open dining area, giving the restaurant an air of tranquility and peace. Once seated, we were swiftly given the menu and as with most Italian restaurants, many items are split up into numerous sections making the most decisive person struggle.
From the lighter dishes we choose tuna tartare salad served with rocket and a drizzle of olive oil for the dressing. The tuna was tender and add a light sweet chilli coating and with the peppery rocket was substantial, but did feel a little uninspiring.
The avocado seemed to be lost in the next salad of choice and was far too bitter to be eaten on its own and although balanced out everything else we ate, most was left untouched.
As with any Italian restaurant, I’m drawn to the cured meat platter, curbing my carnivorous nature. Unfortunately the meat selection fell short and wasn’t the most fresh prosciutto I’ve tried or the best quality.
The cheese was a nice touch but I mean, who doesn’t love a bit of cheese?
Buffalo ricotta was the only pasta dish we chose but the dish overall came across incredibly stingy with barely any black truffle and three pieces of ravioli.
The most disappointing dish was the herb-crusted swordfish with the fish being touch, chewy and almost flavourless. The only savior was the salmoriglio; a condiment made up of crushed garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and oregano.
Ox cheeks were not slow-cooked for long enough, leaving them a chewier cheek than I would have liked.
Desserts actually fared a little better with the chocolate & amaretto bonet being incredibly moreish, crunchy and syrupy. Exactly what everyone needs after a hard days work.
TOZI unfortunately missed the mark on nearly every single dish. For those in the area and looking for an Italian restaurant, it’s more than adequate but that’s far from promising in central London.
– TOZI, Victoria