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Young supperclub star and Dock Kitchen chef Stevie Parle is taking the lead at this Dalston Italian backed by Jonathan Downey (Milk & Honey, The Player etc). Bright patterned wallpaper and an artex-clad ceiling are the restaurant equivalent of vintage dress, while its polished finish gives off a more grown-up feel than many of the area’s dining options. The menu starts with hams cured down the road in Highbury and nibbles such as succulent deep-fried pig’s head before a middle pasta course of reconfigured Italian staples. Mains also blend classic with creative: a roast chicken stuffed with ricotta and herbs is rich, moist and sprightly in flavour, even better is a piece of toast which has been roasted under the bird and absorbed its sumptuous juices. It’s worth remembering that this is neighbourhood dining at a good price rather than anything showy or stand-out, but many would agree this is exactly what the area needs. A large and largely Italian wine list is curated by Ruth Spivey of Wine Car Boot.


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  1. Heading East again, this time in search of Rotorino in Dalston.There are not many things that will convince me to travel East, but considering that it was the end of a work week for me, I thought, why not?Hopping off the bus onto unknown territory, I made my way down Kingsland Road. Not somewhere that I would normally feel comfortable venturing round on my own, I inconspicuously tried to locate the building numbers to make sure that I was heading in the right direction...    | Averna Sour | - Averna amaro, curacao, lemon, egg white - As usual, we ordered a few dishes to share - a couple of smaller dishes from the First and Second sections, and a larger meat dish from the Third.| Pig's Head Terrine |Deep fried and topped with mustard fruit. Nice and crisp on the outside, and succulent on the inside. | Grilled Scallops |Unfortunately they didn't have any octopus that evening, so we settled for the scallops which were served with chilli and bread sauce. | Pea Gnudi |- buffalo ricotta, peas, sage, parmesan and butter -Tender, gnocchi-like pasta dumplings - rich and buttery, yet it had quite a light texture, and great if you love cheese.  | Sausage Gnochetti Sardi |- slow-cooked sausage, red wine, chilli and breadcrumbs -Me: Oh...that kind of looks like...Angela: I know what you're thinking...Okay, so it's not the prettiest looking dish, but it was tasty with a nice spicy kick - not anglicized spicy, but actually proper spicy...  | Suckling Pig | One of the Daily Specials served that evening. | Apricot and Almond Tart |I love a good tart, and I liked this, except maybe the bit of apricot which was a bit sharp for my liking. | Chocolate Cake |Deliciously rich chocolate cake with soured cream on the side and topped with honeycomb and crushed pistachios. Overall, I was satisfied with the food that we ordered and the atmosphere, however not quite enough for me to repeat that one hour journey. However, it is a quaint neighbourhood restaurant with decent prices, and ideal if you live in the area.Address: 434 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AATel. No.: 020 7249 9081The Cheekster, signing out x
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  1. Published : Sunday, 18 May 2014

    The Insatiable Eater :: Rotorino: west meets east

    I don't often find myself in East London these days and it generally takes a bit to convince me that the hour travel is worth it. Don't get me wrong, I watch the constant string of restaurant openings with a tinge of jealousy and a mental note for the "must visit one day" list which is ever-lengthening, but then remind myself why I moved west and enjoy the relative quiet of my leafy street rather than the smog and grit of the Kingsland Road. Anyway, a sudden craving for bread from Fabrique after a recent trip to Sweden, et voilà I'm back in the thick of it. Rotorino has a decent pedigree with Stevie Parle from the Dock Kitchen (and time at the River Cafe - hooray for West London!) behind the food, which has a Southern Italian bent to it. Think of great ingredients with a light touch and you're pretty much there.

    We ordered four dishes from the menu which is split into sections with headings like First, Second, Third, Stove and Sweet...
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  • Address: 434 Kingsland Road, ,London E8 4AA
  • Telephone: 020 7249 9081
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-12M (Thurs-Fri – 1am) Sat-Sun 11am-1am (Sun – 12M)

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