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It may have upped sticks and moved round the corner from its original premises, but Archipelago is still a must-visit for intrepid gastro-backpackers – especially as the relocation has prompted a
new menu with the emphasis on gluten-free dishes and home-curing. Jump in at the deep end by ordering chilli-smoked python carpaccio with green tea and wasabi crackers or crocodile wrapped in vine
leaves with honey-poached plums and pickled samphire, teamed with a love-bug salad straight out of I’m a Celebrity. However, if your tastes are more Bridget than Indiana Jones, the menu also
obliges with jerk seafood, Malay-spiced confit duck and other safe bets. Meanwhile, busy bees should check out the new express-lunch menu with its roster of zany sliders, mini dogs and sharing
platters. The decor is as before – a kooky anthropological riot of global artefacts and bizarre curios that would do Pitt Rivers proud.
Did you ever watch the show Fear Factor? It involved highly charged, competitive types enduring all sort of challenges to ‘test their fear’ but really to make cringingly entertaining viewing. Among the dangling from heights or the coming face to face with creepy crawlies, there was always a segment where the contestants had to eat some weird animal parts (offal or genitals) or insects. This memory leapt into my mind while I was looking through the menu at Archipelago.I’d guess that most people would describe this restaurant as quirky, something for the adventurous eater who’s game to try something out of...
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