I had a hot date with my Mother for the wonderful Letters Live. You may remember my trip there last year and after having such a wonderful evening Mum kindly offered to take me this year.
We had some time before which meant a spot of tapas at a brand new opening in Covent Garden. Duende had opened just 6 days before and comes from Victor Garvey who was involved in London Bridge’s Bravas Tapas.
Be warned as his new restaurant is absolutely tiny but don’t be put off as it serves amazing tapas, some of the best I’ve ever had in London. The decor is very sophisticated and has an underground bar feel to it despite being a restaurant. With it being so small it’s music to my eyes as you can book in advance, no need to queue for these flavours.
We took our spots at the bar and started with our free cava courtesy of The Nudge, just quote when you book your table. First up was a gorgeous salmon rulada with crispy sweet potato crisps, our favourite of the evening.
Next up was the tempura style prawns with a horseradish flavoured mousse, no doubt described that wrong but it was yummy that’s all you need to know. We also had a gorgeous dish of wafer thin beef and truffles which unfortunately I didn’t photograph, would recommend.
Our final savoury dish was the lamb cutlets with a flavoursome alioli sauce, simple but lovely dish.
We opted to share a dessert which was a wise move as they are pretty big, we had the torrija which was heavenly. A typical Spanish dish which is pretty much their take on bread and butter pudding.
It was then time to make our way over to Freemason’s hall for Letters Live. It was a yet another star studded event with the likes of Gillian Anderson, Tom Hollander, Jarvis Cocker, Samantha Bond and many more.
There was a very poignant moment where Jarvis Cocker read a letter from a Doctor to David Bowie after his death. It’s a fascinating evening to hear some of the letters from the past and in such a stunning setting. I do have to admit now doing two years in a row and the tickets aren’t that cheap this might be the last time for awhile but to anyone who hasn’t been do go on their next run.
Thanks Mum for a lovely evening and see you for the next London outing.