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59 Orford Road
It has to be said the Trattoria La Ruga isn’t cheap – but it is worth it. For the two of us, it’s the place to go for a ‘special’ dinner. As we did this week, to mark our anniversary. We weren’t disappointed. Started with obscure Italian aperitifs, and ordered Rocket salad with peppers, pine nuts and parmesan, plus Pumpkin & ricotta ravioli with sage & butter (particularly unusual, interesting and delicious). For mains I had a whole Dover Sole in butter, lemon & parsley sauce (copying this from that day’s menu sheet!). That was the most expensive thing on the menu at £20, but it really was perfect. My other half had Chargrilled whole seabass with garlic, mixed herbs, butter and white wine, both served with mixed greens and sautéed potatoes, uncannily perfectly prepared (how exactly do they do that?). To drink we were recommended an unusual flinty white (details lost in a pleasant haze) – not the sort of wine that would normally be my first choice but it went perfectly. Everything just right, from the fresh bread and olives to the warm but discreet service. We blew £82 (before tip) although I do remember saying “price no object” when asking about wine, which might have been rash on a lesser occasion. You can eat well at La Ruga for much less, but it’s certainly the place to go if you do want to push the boat out.
Posted 11th November 2013
While doing the E17 Art Trail on Sunday, we stopped for lunch at the wondreful La Ruga. A friend happened to be in the area & joined us. What a wonderful time we had. Fantastic food, wine & service of course. The sun was shining, the atmosphere was so lovely & relaxing...Perfect.
Posted 13th September
We booked La Ruga for New
Years Eve with a couple of friends. As usual the food was great, the
atmosphere wonderful and a great time was had by all, we left at about
Posted 8th January 2010
Still the best in the Village and beyond. Where is Gordon Ramsey and his F Word when you need him? Sal, Ricardo and Nicky, keep up the good work.
La Ruga is another lovely restaurant in E17, although, recently, their prices have gone up quite a bit we noticed and the menu does not change very much.
Having said that, we have always found the service delightful and the food very well cooked and is a very cosy and warm atmosphere.
They do a special £12.50 lunch menu at weekends, although choices are very limited, but definitely worth giving it a try.
Posted 9th January 2009
A taste of Italy on your doorstep? La Ruga is a small, warm and friendly
restaurant in the heart of Walthamstow Village with a relaxed and
comfortable ambience. It has an attractive
forecourt eating area which is underused due to the E17 climate. La Ruga
is bit more up market and is not a pizzeria so expect to spend a little
more. The menu is small and changes on a regular basis which is good as
this suggests the use of seasonal produce.
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