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La Ruga  

59 Orford Road


E17 9NJ   Map
Tel 020 8520 5008
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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
Phil Herlihy

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 2011

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 1.30am.
So a big thank you to Debbie, Ricardo, Salvo, Nickie and of course all the rest of the kitchen staff for making it such a great evenin

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.

Posted 10th November 2009


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.
The strange thing about Trattatoria La Ruga is that the menu has to be read from a chalkboard. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if you could read Italian. Most of us have to rely on tediously interrogating the waiter. ''What was the first starter again?'' ''What sauce did you say came with the lamb?''

I think this is a bit silly, pretentious and unnecessary, but for the time being we’ll call it a quirk. The staff are very patient, helpful and used to this, so don’t be shy.
The food is freshly cooked and therefore takes a little time to prepare. Is it worth waiting for ? Well, the main courses (meat and fish etc.) have always been fairly well cooked and tasty, vegetables are served as part of the main course and as no choice is offered this generally means roasted potatoes, green beans and spinach, The quality of the veg varies and on the last visit potatoes seemed warmed up, beans squeaky and the spinach a bit similar to what mother used to ruin on Sunday afternoons. No bones about it, La Ruga is expensive for the area and I personally would expect more care and consistancy.
The wine is good quality but expensive, starting from around £16. A word of warning, the house wines, at £18, are not the cheapest on the on the list. Starters are £7 to £9, main courses a little under £20 and sweets around £6. La Ruga has recently begun a Saturday and Sunday lunch offer of two courses for £12. Maybe this could be an opportunity to sample the food without too much wallet pain.

September 2008


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