At a point in recent history, the allure of the pub relied on the quality of its food. Less is the case with wine bars, but an increasing number of them are earning a reputation not just for the quality of their wine, but also for the food they put on the table. Let’s dive in to a few of them, shall we?
When it opened last year, it didn’t take long for Bar Douro to become known unofficially as the best Portuguese thing to hit London since Taberna do Mercado a few years back. The menu, certainly, plays out just as well: Chanfana rolls (lamb stew in a crispy fried dough shell), flash-grilled octopus with sweet potato puree, and smoked Portuguese sausage croquetes.
40 Maltby Street
It used to be thought that to find a proper wine pairing experience, nothing less than a reservation at a fine dining restaurant would net you one. Not so is the case with somewhere like 40 Maltby Street, where fairly rudimentary – at least in their method – British dishes (cod fritters; black pudding; pickled mackerel; Bakewell tart) can be matched with some also fairly rudimentary (read: natural) wines. This is food and drink peeled back to its core, and 40 Maltby Street’s every bit the better for it.
Last year, P. Franco was nominated as Eater’s ‘most interesting’ restaurant in London. Which was probably a bit surprising considering it was, not long before, a wine shop. In terms of kitchen equipment, the space only has two hobs. During its evolution, it has seen chef residencies from the likes of Tim Spedding and Anna Tobias, while the fact it’s owned by the same folk behind Noble Fine Liquor means you’ll find some of the best small batch wines on the market.Continue Reading