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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Viva viajante!

Amuse bouche: Crostini de romesco and gordal olives, almonds and Jerez
Amuse bouche: Charred broad beans, pea puree and Sao Jorge cheese
Amuse bouche: "Thai Explosion"
Home-made bread with pancetta butter
Tomatoes with water and strawberries
Charred leeks and white asparagus, hazelnuts and milk skin
Razor clam, smoked yogurt & Rosemary Dashi
King crab with chicken jus and spicy paste
Halibut, confit egg, asparagus ribbons and tapioca
Pigs Neck with prawn and rye
Rump of Lamb, rainbow radishes and stracciatella
Palate cleanser: Lemon and Thai basil sorbet
Crumbled Polenta and lemon paste, strawberries and citrus powder
Dark chocolate and water
Petit Fours
LOCATION: Viajante, Bethnal Green Town Hall, East London
CATEGORY: modern gourmet
FOOD: 9 course tasting menu
DRINK: wine tasting menu
Aperitif: bourbon cocktail 
1. Standt Krems, 'Looserterasen' Gruner Veltiner, Austria 2009
2. Domaine Trapet 'Beblenheim', France 2006
3. Knappstein 'Auckland' Riesling 2009, Australia
4. Poilly Fume, France 2008
5. Terre di Tufi, Italy 2008
6.  Calera 'Mills' Pinot Noir, USA 2007
7. Charles Joguet Chinon 'Cuvee Terroir', France 2007
WE THINK: Honestly? Really delicious. Hard to pick favourites but hold a gun to our heads and the thai explosion, the tomatoes cleverly shaped like a clown's face (or not?), the halibut and the king crab probably take the podium...although the pigs neck with the prawn and the deserts were excellent too...and then the razor clam and the charred broad beans...and the...it was ALL yummy.
OUR TIPS: (a) get a front-row table next to the kitchen and watch the chefs in action - you'll be so mesmerised you don't even have to worry about conversing with the people at your table; (b) one wine tasting menu can be split between 2 persons which is a very good deal and more than enough unless you want to get drunk; (c) give up trying to understand the decor. It's just really weird. Frankly, the vibe at Viajante is a bit weird too. We wish we liked it more.
PS: The crostini was intact when it was served but we got excited and forgot to take a photo before taking a bite.

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