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Sardo Canale

About Sardo Canale

Sardo Canale's location on the banks of Regent's Canal is a charming, out-of-the-way spot befitting celeb-tastic Primrose Hill. A series of airy slate-floored, brick-walled spaces combine to create an atmospheric mix of modern Italian minimalism and Sardinian rustica. At the front is a conservatory overlooking a courtyard, and leading to the back, a lounge area that was once a cobblestone barge-horse tunnel. Top marks for looks. Full marks for the food. Not surprising, really, this being the sister of the acclaimed family-run Sardo in Grafton Way. The menu is mostly Sardinian - exquisitely fresh fregola, spaghetti alla bottarga (dried mullet roe sauce), and seabass cooked in that most traditional of ways - with a salt crust. Absolutely wonderful stuff.

Full a la carte


Zuppa di porri e gamberi £5.90
Homemade cream of leek soup with a prawn bisque

Alici Marinate all’aceto di mele £7.50
Anchovies marinated in apple vinegar served with grilled courgettes

Mozzarella di bufala con caponatina di melanzane £7.90
Buffalo mozzarella accompanied by a mixture of marinated vegetables, pine nuts and aubergine

Vegetali misti alla griglia £7.90
Grilled mixed vegetables of courgettes, aubergine, fennel, peppers and celeriac

Calamari Ripieni £8.50
Grilled baby squid filled with a mixture of calamari meat and aromatic herbs

Bresaola di Tonno £8.90
Thin slices of cured tuna garnished with French beans and peppers

Carpaccio di manzo £8.90
Fine slices of beef accompanied by rocket and shavings of pecorino

Tartara di Tonno £8.90
Tartare of raw tuna meat mixed with capers and chives served with carmalised onion

Talleri (ideal as a shared starter):

Talleri di carne (for two people) £16.90
A wooden platter of meats and cheeses including Parma ham, Sardinian salami, Goose salami and two varieties of Percorino cheese

Talleri di pesce (for two people) £17.90
A wooden platter of fish including cured tuna, swordfish carpaccio, anchovies, and thin slices of sun-dried tuna

Primi Piatti:
Malloreddus alla campidanese £8.50
Traditional Sardinian pasta, made with durum wheat, in a tomato and aromatic sausage sauce

Lasagnette al pesto e ragu di melanzane £9.50
Home-made vegetarian lasagne with aubergines and courgettes

Spaghetti alla bottarga £9.90
One of the most popular Sardinian pasta dishes consisting of a sauce made with dried mullet roe and extra virgin olive oil

Fregola ai frutti di mare £10.90
A typical Sardinian pasta dish(risotto-like in character)served with prawns, Mussels and courgettes

Linguine al granchio £11.90
A Sardo favourite with a sauce made of fresh crab meat, extra virgin olive oil, parsley and fresh chillies

Culurgiones di formaggio e patate £10.50
Homemade pasta parcels filled with pecorino cheese and potatoes with a sauce of fresh tomatoes and mint

Main Course

Salsiccia Sarda £12.00
Home-made charcoal-grilled aromatic sausage served with potatoes and leeks

Scaloppa di vitello all’Ovinfort £14.90
Grilled veal escalope served with a Sardinian blue cheese sauce accompanied by potatoes and broccoli

Fegato di vitello al balsamico £14.90
Calves liver cooked in balsamic vinegar and served with broccoli and peppers

Battuta d’agnello alla griglia £15.50
Grilled lamb fillet marinated in olive oil and herbs served with potatoes and leeks

Tagliata di manzo all’aceto di mele £17.50
Beef steak pan-fried in apple infused vinegar served with spinach and potatoes

Spada alla griglia con olio all’arancio £15.75
Grilled swordfish with an orange infused oil served with asparagus

Tonno alla griglia con olio e limone £15.75
Grilled tuna delicately flavoured with olive oil and lemon served with asparagus

Insalate e Verdure:

Legumi del giorno £2.90
Please ask your waiter for the vegetables of the day

Rucola e parmigiano £4.50
Rocket salad with shavings of parmesan

Insalata mista £3.50
Mixed green salad with tomatoes and peppers

Insalata verde £3.00
Mixed green salad


Zuppetta di pesche con sorbetto di fragola £5.50
A puree of fresh peaches served with a strawberry sorbet

Panna Cotta £5.00
Vanilla falvoured cream pudding served with fresh raspberries

Torta al cioccolato e mandorle £5.00
Warm chocolate and almond cake served with a white chocolate ice cream and filuferru sauce

Meringata ai frutti di bosco con sorbetto al limone £5.00
Meringue with fresh berries topped with lemon sorbet

Tiramisu £5.00
Savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and mascarpone cheese

Selezione di formaggi misti £6.00
A selection of Sardinian cheeses

Additional Information


42 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, NW1 8JD

Nearest tube:

Chalk Farm

Average Price:

£35 and under

Opening times:

Lunch: Tue - Sun 12pm 3pm
Dinner: Mon - Sun 6pm - 11pm (last orders 10pm)

Dress Code:


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