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Allegros: A welcome return

Allegros: A welcome return

Surbiton’s foodie army has welcomed the return of one of its most popular town-centre eateries, which has remained closed throughout the pandemic. The Allegro cafe has become Allegros, and now boasts a refitted kitchen, new loos, and upgraded menu, smart signage and more storage room. Sandwiched between the carpet shop and rival Caffe Nero at

Surbiton’s foodie army has welcomed the return of one of its most popular town-centre eateries, which has remained closed throughout the pandemic.

The Allegro cafe has become Allegros, and now boasts a refitted kitchen, new loos, and upgraded menu, smart signage and more storage room.

Sandwiched between the carpet shop and rival Caffe Nero at 4 Victoria Road, it has a seven-day British/Mediterranean selection of home-cooked meals.

Chirpy Albanian owner Nesti Kolovos, pictured below, was just two years old when the premises opened as Fortunes cafe in 1973, becoming Allegro in 1999.

He is celebrating a decade at the restaurant, which opens mid-morning to late evening.

Steak, calves liver, duck and seabass lead the main courses, with pizzas and pasta dishes close behind.

Allegros does brunch each day until 3.30pm for under a tenner, including an excellent vegetarian option. “It feels very good to be back after 16 and a half months,” admitted Nesti. “It was hell, but now it’s going really well and we’re back on track!”

The restaurant is deceptively big, and prides itself on good service and honest, filling, wholesome food. While Nero, next door, can cope with 45 customers, Allegros’ cathedral-like interior can feed 100.

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