Escocesa

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Escocesa means Spanish in English. I looked it up on their site and thought it was quite clever 🙂 I lost track of the rest of the story but essentially I think we’re eating a fusion of Scottish and Spanish tapas. Or probably more accurately Scottish seafood prepared in a Spanish way so not fusion-ey as the name initially implied… but maybe that’s a good thing! We’re a group of 4 and I manage to get left in charge to order for the table… Miso favourite task! I feel particularly in the mood for oysters, pan con tomate (a new favourite), octopus, squid, prawns and […]

Curio Cabal + TA TA Eatery

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I’m giving Curio Cabal quite a solid rating here which I think is highly justified by the amazing food offered by TA TA here. As I understand it started out as a sort of pop-up residency within this coffeeshop but has now gone permanent (Wednesday to Saturday evenings) for which I’m ever greatful. I believe there are also plans to serve lunch too. “Ta Ta” meaning he and she in Mandarin is run by Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves who both worked with Nuno Mendes at Viajante and Chiltern Firehouse. They serve up an amazing family feel fusion of Chinese and Portuguese food. Miso shall […]

Jidori

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UPDATE 1st Nov 2016: We came back to try the things we missed before and they were quite amazing. Namely the Salmon Tataki, Scotch Eggs and scallops in black bean sauce. Jidori is the only dedicated Yakitori speciality restaurant in London I know of so have been very keen to visit.  On entrance we were asked if we’d like to sit at the bar but actually it was more of a rhetorical question as the place was fully booked. Luckily it would have been my ideal choice of seat anyway as I find watching the chefs at work fascinating. We opted for the “omakase”… or […]

Taberna do Mercado

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I think I can safely say one of the best meals I’ve had in London was at one of Nuno Mendez’s earlier Michelin starred restaurants, Viajante. I’ve never been to the celebrity filled Chiltern Firehouse but have been very excited to try the much less assuming place in Old Spitalfields Market. The food does not disappoint. The portion sizes do however but not for next time… order a bit more! We’d just about caught last orders as a walk-in so didn’t have the luxury of time on our hands. We opt for prawn rissoles as a “snack”, tinned fish (I think mackerel – note to […]

San Carlo Cicchetti

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UPDATE — SEPT 18TH — I’m back!! And this time we discover the most amazing scallops in London! Served with a shaving of truffle. We order a different pasta this time and a Parmigiana. This place will be high on the list for a while. ORIGINAL POST – AUG 10TH — I didn’t know cicchetti are the Italian version of tapas but it was absolutely perfect as we were in the mood for something Italian but not overly hungry. There was an amazing buzz about the restaurant and we just felt excited about eating what was promising to be some authentic Italian cooking.  Next us […]

Counter Culture

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Counter Culture is the sort of tacked on extenstion of The Dairy comprising of a tiny kitchen where everything is made and a few high chairs from where to squash up and eat. I make it sound unappealing but actuallly I love it. Don’t go with more than 2 people as you’ll find you can’t talk to one another and you’re less likely to get a slot. The walls are surrounded by jar of mystery pickles in progress. It has inspired me to make my own Kimchi (as of yet it’s at the “thought that counts” stage). The menu is designed for sharing and seemingly […]

José Tapas Bar

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Finally made it back here for a quick bite of tapas late on a bank holiday Monday.  Had been out all day in the sun so all we needed was something very relaxed with minimal fuss so this was ideal. Luckily it wasn’t so busy so only had to wait a short while for a couple of stools with a glass of house red in hand. Once seated we still weren’t ready as we basically wanted everything on the menu… guess we were more hungry than we initially anticipated.  I ordered some padron peppers and pan con tomate to keep hunger at bay.  They arrived […]

El Ganso

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I stopped here for a cheeky little snack on a sunny Friday evening. Really need to come back in a bigger group as naturally tapas are made for sharing and a lot of things on the menu looked very tempting. I had to excercise restraint in only ordering 2 dishes as I had a dinner booked in a couple of hours. I opted for the Padron Peppers and Calamari. I knew from an earlier visit to a Spanish delicatessan that the peppers were in season so felt compelled to order them and they didn’t disappoint. The calamari was well executed in a light crispy batter. […]