Be Transported to Tuscany with Enoteca Pomaio
April 29, 2017
Deep within the heart of London’s edgy Brick Lane lies a little slice of Italy, where you will be transported to charming Tuscany – welcome to Enoteca Pomaio. This intimate Italian restaurant recently opened at the end of 2016 and I sure am glad that it made it’s way over to London because I was truly blown away by it’s simple menu, hospitable service and exceptional wine list with exclusive imports from Tuscany. Let’s dive in shall we?
We arrived on a sunny Wednesday evening and were warmly greeted by the owner who handed us the wine list followed by the menu and let us settle in. The restaurant’s atmosphere is mellow and relaxing, featuring a few seats in the front, a bar and a great dining space toward the back. There is a wall full of delightful Italian wines – many of which are exclusive to Enoteca Pomaio.
My friend and I love wine, but aren’t too fussy and asked our server to recommend something special to the restaurant. He brought out their very own Tuscan wine, which he explained is made on their vineyard back in Tuscany that has been around for 70 years. This very special white wine is unlike any I had ever tried before. If all the wines in Tuscany taste like this incredible Vallechiusa 2015, then I will happily move there in a heart beat! Smoothe, dry, and full of body is the only way I can really describe it. Luckily for the customer, there’s bottles available to buy and take home for just £22.
The menu at Enoteca Pomaio isn’t fussy and sticks to its traditional Tuscan roots – featuring a craft charcuterie and cheese selection, bruschetta, sandwiches, and a variety of specials. We enjoyed a selection of the Tanglier Pomaio to start – a selection of craft cheeses and charcuterie that immediately wowed us. These craft cheeses are imported from Italy and are served with chorizo, salami, fresh bread, organic honey and homemade chutney. The ultimate cheese and charcuterie board in my opinion!
For our mains, we went with the special of the day – a traditional Italian dish of pasta with bean sauce topped with bacon. The pasta was cooked perfect al dente, and the bean sauce was quite unusual but I really enjoyed the taste and trying something new. It was thick and the beans added a meatiness to the pasta, making it a really hearty plate of pasta – it would be perfect in the winter.
Our favourite dish of the night, and probably one of the best and most unique dishes I have had the pleasure of eating this year, was the Truffle Fried Egg sat delicately upon whipped potato with a chocolate drizzle. This savoury dish was borderline dessert . I realise that all of the elements may sound quite unusual, and together, all the elements worked in perfect harmony, leaving us both with smiles on our faces, wanting to go back for more. My best advice is not to share – keep this one all to yourself. Oh, and don’t be afraid to lick the bowl – it’s that good!
To round off our remarkable evening, we shared Bruschette – melted cocoa with salted chocolate. This dish is simplicity at its finest and it was pure perfection. What could be better than salty crostini topped with hot, melted chocolate? Just about nothing. Our wine paired perfectly with all of the dishes and we loved it so much, we had one more glass before we headed off and bought two bottles to bring home with us.
If you want a taste of Tuscany without having to fly to Italy, just head to Enoteca Pomaio, where you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a charming family-run restaurant that takes great pride in its food and wine. It’s one of my favourite new restaurants in London, and I know that when you visit – it’ll become one of yours too!
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Colleen Monaghan