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61 Stoke Newington High Street
Plenty of pop-ups have been going permanent recently, and the latest to follow the trend is the Black Pig with White Pearls, which has set its Spanish roots in Stoke Newington with an intimate yet
trendy offer spread across two floors. Upstairs is a casual tapas/pintxos eatery/bar, with more formal meals served in the basement. Friendly staff greet customers and recite the day’s dishes
verbally, while the chef cooks specialiites from his native Extremadura. The eponymous ‘black pig’ (aka. Ibérico pork) naturally features heavily on the menu: the fillet served medium-rare on a bed
of roast potatoes is a memorable signature dish. Elsewhere, tapas highlights include rich, fluffy black pudding on toast with piquillo peppers, and the mixed platter of cured meats with slices of
jamón is so heavenly you’ll be dreaming about it for weeks.
61 Stoke Newington High Street
Rectory Road Station 361m
Stoke Newington Station 733m
Hackney Downs 1km
Rio Cinema 1km
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Food + drink: 5
I've been to this restaurant 6 times now and i love it! I travel to Spain a lot and have eaten at quite a few Spanish restaurants in London and I can honestly say that they are one of the best.
The portions compared to others are really good, especially the black squid ink rice which you get too much!
Price wise I think its very reasonable and some dishes are cheaper or the same price i pay when i eat out in Spain so I don't think its that expensive really as i usually have 3 tapas and i am full after that which is about £20
The staff are always friendly with us and always take good care of us when we are there.
I've recommended it to a lot a my foody friends, and now one has been disappointed so far!
Food + drink: 2
I visited this restaurant to celebrate a friends birthday in July 2013. He had hired out the '60's deco' basement and we each paid £25 for a set menu. Wine was extra and was very reasonably priced. The set menu we received was far from what I would consider a £25 meal. The food was good quality, however, the selection of meat and fish supplied was derisory; I ate 2 rings of calamari, 2 balls of black pudding and one slice of pork. Having eaten tapas many times and visited the south of Spain I was expecting a lot more. I wrote a letter to the restaurant and head nothing in reply.
I like to venture out to Dalston/Stoke Newington to meet up with friends and try one of the many new places that frequently pop up there, so I got very excited when I heard good things about the Black Pig with White Pearls. Admittedly, the prices looked a little steep, but hey, maybe they do really big portions or the quality of the food is out of this world?
I am afraid I have to say that our evening was a letdown in both respects. The food is not horrible, but not staggeringly good either (several of the tapas that we tried were definitely on the too-salty side) and the portions are disappointingly sparse. For example, the Spanish meat board came with a hefty £16 price tag but only 16 puny slices of ham and salami. I have paid less for considerably larger portions in posh tapas places in central London. We did not try any of the proper mains… and I was not tempted to, given that they tend to be North of £20. Somewhat ironic for a restaurant that has the Pig in its name, they had run out of the pork ribs—the only true pork dish on the tapas list—and also of a range of other dishes (this was at 8 pm).
I guess when going out in trendy Hackney you are willing to forgive the shabby rather than chic decor (only the third chair that I grabbed was stable enough to sit on) and the charmingly scattered service, but taken everything together it appears that whoever runs this place seriously overestimates its gastronomic performance.
On the upside: the wines are very drinkable and comparably affordable.
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