Sunday, 31 July 2016

Turners, Birmingham #MichelinStar

Generally, when I write blog posts, the hope is that people will see the pictures of the food and want to go and eat it for themselves. Sadly, this will not be the case for this post… but do read on, for there is good news too!

Despite successfully retaining a Michelin star since 2009, Chef Patron Richard Turner, is taking a bold move by dispensing with tasting menus and some of the formality that people assume goes hand in hand with this ‘type of food’, to re-launch as “Turners at 69”, with plans to be more “relaxed” and “accessible”.

Follow their new Twitter account for further details of ‪@turnersat69 - in the meantime, enjoy these pictures of one of the last ever “Simply Turners” tasting menus:

Sea trout – lime, buttermilk & seaweed

Gougére – 36 month aged Gruyere

Ox cheek dumpling

Smoked ham croquette

Smoked eel – potato, horseradish, & caviar

Chicken liver – chicken skin & truffle butter

Scallop – heritage carrots, orange & pine

Salt marsh spring lamb – alliums, curd & madeira

Sea buckthorn – chocolate & meringue

Raspberry – yoghurt, raspberry, rose & granola

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Tapeo & Wine, Manchester

Joining Lunya, La Bandera, El Gato Negro, Ibérica, Bar San Juan, El Rincon de Rafa, Evuna, (amongst others), Tapeo and Wine is one of the newest of Manchester’s many Spanish restaurants… each one has its charms but, based on my visit, Tapeo has earned its place amongst my faves.

Highlights included the Conejo with its spicy hot oil and the Berenjenas which are always a favourite when visiting my parents in Andalucia. The only real weak dish was the Merluza which as I found the sauce a little insipid.

Almendras Fritas – Marcona Almonds sautéed with EVOO & Sea Salt

Aceitunas – Campo real Olives

Pan con Tomate – Toasted Bread with rubbed Tomato, Garlic and EVOO

Ensalada de Tomate y Cebolla – Beef Tomato & White Sweet Onion Salad

Berenjena Frita – Aubergine Crisps with Glaze of PX and Honey

Cogollos con Ventresca – Baby Gem Lettuce Salad with Bonito Tuna Belly

Merluza en Salsa Verde – Hake in a Rich Garlic and Parsley Sauce

Conejo al Ajillo – Fried Rabbit with Garlic & Spring Onions

Churros con Chocolate – Churros with Spanish Thick Chocolate

Torrija al Vino – Torrija in a Sweet Rose Wine reduction

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