Saturday, 3 September 2016

Bloody Bueno

La Tomatina is the famous festival in Spain where a bunch of people get together and throw tomatoes at each other for fun. It's held annually on the last Wednesday in August – so this week I was invited to celebrate in a more civilised and slightly less messy manner with brunch and bloody mary's.

Pachamama is a Peruvian restaurant in Marylebone, specialising in seasonal small plates and banging cocktails. Upon arrival our private mixologist whipped up our first bloody mary – the classic – made with Smirnoff Vodka. 

After we were seated, the onslaught of food began. We started with padron peppers and smoked cheddar tequiños.

We were then introduced to our second drink the smokey red snapper, made with Gordon's, the most incredible oolong syrup and garnished with a gherkin – this was definitely my favourite. 

Next up were the waffles, topped with asparagus and yacon syrup. They were amazing, crispy, sweet and light, I struggled to stop at just one (in anticipation of 3 more courses!). 

After the waffles, were "land" and "soil" small plates.  Blackened Peruvian chicken with jerk sauce and salad and crispy lamb belly with jalapeño and miso.

"Soil" was miso-cured carrot, red quinoa and peruvian kimchi. Honestly the best quinoa dish I've had in a long time; creamy, tangy, amazing. We also had fried aubergine with smoked yoghurt and pecans plus crispy plantain with feta and yacon syrup.

Feeling pretty full, we were introduced to our final drink – the pachamama red snapper, made with Tanqueray and garnish with fresh herbs. My least favourite of the 3 but great all the same. 

After our last cocktail lesson it was time for pudding. I was stuffed, but there's always room for dessert. Fig alfajores and chilli and cacao truffles. Delicious, and in my opinion, much better than getting tomatoes thrown at you!


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