All posts tagged: tapas

Kushi- ya Japanese inspired pop-up

Kushi -ya is a monthly supper club that has been running in Nottingham since late last year, serving up Japanese inspired pub food. Each sitting is small, around 15 tickets are made available and they pretty much sell out within the hour. So the wider Nottingham fooderatti were more than a little excitable when Kushi-ya took over the Cottonmouth Cocktail Bar for two days this month. Kushi-ya  is the product of a collaboration between Simon Carlin, head chef at Iberico World Tapas (most people’s ‘go to’ Tapas bar in town), and their former sous chef Tom Clay. And it was pretty marvellous. The menu consisted of snacks, small plates, skewers (cooked on a traditional Japanese Konro grill) and a choice of 2 desserts. Between FWH and myself we ordered 11 dishes, but I could probably have got through the entire menu with a little more effort on my part and perhaps if I hadn’t filled up on a Pornstar Martini at The Alchemist first. We had the “snacks” while we chose the mains – the …

Quite curious, but damn good. Mr P’s.

On a day out in York a few weeks ago, I decided to take up a recommendation from a fellow Great Food Club editor in Yorkshire and try out Mr P’s Curious Tavern (no relationship so far as I can tell to any “Curious” parlours, taverns, townhouses or manors in Nottingham). I am very glad indeed that I did. I’ m getting a bit weary of the parade of tapas, world tapas, cuban tapas, small plates thing there seems to be one popping up every few weeks, so few really do them well and honestly please don’t present me with another bowl of square chips puroporting to be patatas bravas and charging me a fiver for the privelege. No, I am becoming a little jaded with the whole tapas thing. But Mr P (the eponymous Mr Perkins is Andrew Pern, executive chef and chef owner at Michelin starred Star Inn at Harome and The Star Inn the City) is in another league though, offering a range (and I mean a range) of small plates with …

Holborn, History and Tapas

Holborn is not our usual haunt, but, for reasons I won’t bore you with you, we spent a week (with a hiatus in the middle) in this part of London for the first time. It is a fabulous area, particularly if you are a fan of legal history or Charles Dickens – each corner, each building, every nook, cranny, street-name and Church evokes our legal history, Fleet Street casts its long shadow of journalism and print making (visit St Brides Church and be amazed). A stroll down to the River through the Inns of Court, Blackfriars, Chancery, from the Knights Templar to the Pickwick Papers, legal and literary history is all around you. What isn’t all around you, unless you look very hard are too many amazing restaurants (I am ready to be corrected here, of course). Random restaurant picking generally goes two ways for me – “what a wonderful find, aren’t we lucky!” or “Christ, what a waste of money, only ate it because I was starving”. Somehow both are more satisfying than spending …

Ham Croquetas, is life too short?

I love Croquetas, or croquettes  – if you prefer. They do have that unbeatable mouthfeel thing don’t they? Crispy and crunchy on the outside, hot and creamy inside – an essential addition to your tapas. I have not yet found a shop-bought version that gives you same hit so when I spotted this recipe by José Pizarro in the BBC Good Food magazine. I thought, why not? I can tell you why not…..because they are right fiddle. Delicious, but a time-consuming, right fiddle. Ingredients 75g Plain Flour, 2 large eggs (beaten), 75g breadcrumbs (I used Panko breadcrumbs) For the filling – 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 small leek very finely diced, 70g Iberico ham (or similar, I used Serrano), 60g plain flour, 75ml ham or veg stock (I used new Oxo Ham stock – fab), 325ml full fat milk, freshly grated nutmeg to taste (I kept it light) Method For the filling, heat the olive oil in a pan until fairly warm, add the leek and sauté until soft, but not browned. Stir in the …

Some excellent Friday Food and Frink

So Friday was a day for lunch and a bit of art. A  pretty nice day as it panned out. Elizabeth Frink is on at Lakeside Arts on the main Nottingham University Campus. It is free and on the tram-line so not excuse not to visit really…        Frink is one of my favourite artists, I like ‘big art”, that fills spaces and changes your perspective. Frinks sculptures are frequently life-size or bigger. It is hard to capture the perspective on a camera phone, but the standing horse was horse-size, and the dogs were dog-sized and the standing figures are probably 7 foot tall or more on their plinths.                                                      The idea had been to have a bit of lunch at one of the two cafes at the site, but they were packed, and I think, given the proliferation of name-tags it was probably a student open day …

Faith Restored in Tapas at Revolucion de Cuba’s Cantina

After the rum, salsa and mojito-fuelled opening night of one of Nottingham’s newest venues (and my current fave) we returned to Revolucion for some food. Given how much we had enjoyed the opening night, this place had something to live up to on the food front. To be fair, though, it was a seriously driech January day that we ventured en famille to town for a leisurely lunch and it wouldn’t have taken much for a place that offered food, drink and warmth to beat being outside. I’m always a bit sceptical about Tapas in the UK. I have had too many poor or mediocre offerings and so often the squid is chewy (my pet hate, dear reader as you probably know by now), there is usually some over-dry preserved meat claiming to be a Spanish Sausage, rubbery prawns and that overworked bowl of square chips and spicy ketchup, the much offended against Patatas Bravas (I never order these now, life is too short). Still, we needn’t have worried. Revolucion de Cuba served up the …