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What was self-styled ‘cantina chic’ Como 3 has been born again as Tinto – a wine bar and kitchen with a strong Mediterranean accent. Crisp surfaces, exposed concrete, humorous drink-related artwork
and vintage wine crates set the tone, while big blackboards spell out the week’s special offers from off-the-beaten-track vineyards – as well as off-piste cocktails such as a Yamazaki old fashioned
made with Japanese single malt. The food comprises a lively hotchpotch of tapas-style sharing dishes ranging from pork gyoza, grilled quail, various sliders and burgers (try the crab and tarragon
version) to the house special of chorizo lollipops. You can also get various deli boards loaded with cured meats and cheeses including idiazabal and mahon. Well-placed for quick catch-ups,
pre-theatre bites, business meets or romantic dates.
Islington must be one of the hardest places to open a new restaurant, and keep it afloat. It's not like opening a fine dining restaurant in Chelsea, or a street food sensation in Shoreditch - Islington really is diverse with its food offerings, and its locals. Four years ago and apart from Ottolenghi - there was really nothing to shout about in the area. Now, there is an abundance of well followed restaurants and top chefs. Tinto was previously known as Como 3 and at which point according to the Internet had a very confusing menu that hadn't quite found its feet. They recently decided to change the name to Tinto - a much better choice that has a very memorable ring to it.I can't remember the last time i dined in Islington, but I'm glad i ventured north this rare occasion. Smart and shiny on the outside with parma ham hanging from the windows - it was very inviting. All rather casual, slick, smart - the sort of place you'd want to take friends to drink wine...
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