Having seen the review in Time Out as ‘restaurant of the week’ and helped by it’s proximity to work I grabbed my phone and called a good Uni friend to see if she was keen. We lived together for first two years at Sheffield University and were brought together by a love of food and lots of it!
Having got there early I was perched on the high tables in-between two couples which is always great fun working out their relationships and seeing how their dates are going. As soon as Becca arrived the ordering began. The menu looks gorgeous and the beauty of tapas is you can try a bit of everything and share it all.
We started with a couple of bar snacks, grilled flatbread with honey, thyme and smoked butter which could have been missed to make room for what was to follow. Along with this we had the crispy chiporones which were to die for (brought back memories of trips to Mallorca with the girls) and equally lovely were the juicy smoked chorizo skewers with saffron alioli.
Then we moved on to the main tapas courses which proved very difficult to decide what to order, so in the end we pretty much ended up with most of it!
The quince glazed iberico pork ribs and celeriac puree where moist and tender.
Then we had the grilled salt marsh lamb, smokey aubergine and salsa verde.
Ordered a side of Parsnip-buttermilk chips with manchego which were good but some of the parsnips were a little bit too hard for my liking but a nice mix.
We then switched across to a fish course, chargrilled cuttlefish with roast pumpkin, n’duja and wild oregano. This was probably my least favourite but only because I’m not very good with the rubbery texture of cuttlefish (throws me off a little bit).
The best meal of the evening was definitely the grilled iberico presa with whipped jamon butter, the meat was just exquisite and cooked to perfection. All I can say is I wish there was more of it!
We ordered a side of wood roasted gratin of root vegetables, smoked ricotta and idiazabal cream which went incredibly well with the meat. Creamy and seasoned perfectly, would highly recommend these two together.
After all this food and wine, we should really have said no to dessert, but then we saw the menu and ended up sharing two.
Caprini cheesecake with amaretti and sicilian orange and a bitter chocolate ganacha with salted caramel ice cream. These are up there with some of the best I’ve ever had, but I would lean towards the cheesecake being the winner.
A highly enjoyable evening and a place I would recommend to anyone. Only thing is it’s surprising how the bill crept up as very tempting to keep ordering more dishes but definitely worth it. Will be going back without a doubt.
As you can see Becca was very happy with her meal by the end..