Monday, 5 September 2016

Sagardi London

Basque BBQ


Grill kitchen

Located in Shoreditch, Sagardi is a Spanish restaurant specialising in Basque cuisine. It is already a successful business back in Spain and now it aims to expand in the UK market. Basque cooking is one of the finest cuisines in the world so I was very excited to dine at Sagardi after seeing the restaurant claim that they import their ingredients from the Basque region daily. On arrival, I was already impressed with the open grilling kitchen and butcher session, this shows the restaurant takes their Basque style grill meat seriously.



Iberian ham
Farmhouse pork ribs

To start off the menu, we opted for the Spanish classic: Iberian ham. Without asking what grade it was, I would have expected it is to be at least Jamón Iberico de Bellota (The best) grade consider it costed £20 for a tiny plate. The rich, oily and nutty textures were fine but lacked moisture. The farmhouse pork ribs were outstanding, crispy surface with a melt in your mouth texture, the meat came out of the bone easily and every mouthful was a pure sensation. Last but not least was the "Txuleton vaca" beef rib, it was blessed with rich and powerful flavours with a very robust smoky aroma from the grilling process. It was a really fine plate of steak.
Lettuce with spring onion
"Txuleton vaca" ciderhouse

Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal and those meat dishes were indeed pretty special. However the price was questionable. Without my soft launch offer, the meal would come to at least £60 per person without any desserts. A side dish of lettuce costing £8 was just ridiculous with most appetizers costing above the £15 mark. While the restaurant claim that all the ingredients were imported from Spain, for me, it still doesn't justify the expensive mark up on some of the dishes. I would love to return but the sky high cost of the menu does make me wonder if it is worth it.


Food 3.5/5

What I paid: 

£30 per head with a cider (soft launch offer)

Average cost without drinks and services:

£50

95 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3BS


http://www.sagardi.co.uk/


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