27 March 2017
We arrived at around 12.30 on Saturday, I was half expecting not be able to get in as I’d heard such good things about the food, it turns out we were just ahead of the rush as by 1pm, there was a queue out of the door. There were a couple of large tables already seated downstairs, and as we had stools in front of the open kitchen, we got to see most dishes get cooked and plated up in front of us, which we thought would help us choose, but in reality made it more difficult as we wanted everything. The menu is not huge (3 skewers, 5 or 6 mains and 3 sides) and I suspect that some of the dishes change regularly depending on what is in season, available etc. We had the chicken skewers and lamb skewers (the only disappointing dish, as in between each piece of lamb was a piece of chewy fat, so in reality only 4 small cubes of meat, which were not anything special), the chicken was beautifully done though. I had been told that the clay-pot noodles with crab meat and Tamworth pork belly were a “must” and they did not disappoint, we scraped the bottom of the bowl clean, along with a superb melt in the mouth short rib curry and a “dry” mackerel curry, which had a wonderfully hot and spicy lemongrass and chilli sauce on top. All the plates are small and for sharing and we were told that 3-4 per person would be the norm, but the 5 dishes we had (with a nice flinty Reisling) was just right for us. The Tamworth pork jungle curry sold out while we were there, it did look amazing, one to try next time. Having sat at quite a few open kitchens, this was the quietest I have ever seen, the two chefs didn’t speak a word to each other the whole time we were there, but the head chef checked and tasted every plate before it left the pass and gave them feedback throughout, which was interesting, I think I am used to the theatre and enthusiasm at places like Barrafina and StreetXO, but it certainly didn’t affect the quality of the food and they were working flat-out. Excellent value at £75 inc. service.