In Spain and Italy, where the ‘enoteca' was born, the idea of selling wine and some food to go with it isn't seen as a ‘great restaurant concept', but rather as common sense. Here in high-concept London, however, Vinoteca has always felt cleverly original in its simplicity. The terrific, but (sadly) ‘too crowded' Farringdon outlet is small and unfussy, with just the bottles on its shelves and posters on the walls by way of adornment. The tiny kitchen punches above its weight, refusing to play safe for wine pairing's sake. Expect cockles and clams with pickled lemon and parsley (recommended accompaniment, Picpoul de Pinet), followed by Suffolk lamb fillet with soft polenta, spinach and olives (try with a Sillogi organic red from Greece). There are 300 wines on the ‘amazing' list, with the majority below £40.
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