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Wining And Dining At Vinoteca City, Bloomberg Arcade

March 14, 2018

Restaurants & Bars | by Harry Mills

When wine and music have the same intrinsic mood, they complement each other perfectly; Vinoteca City blends both good food with expertly paired wine leaving very little left to be desired for.

Operating six sites across London, Vinoteca City is located in the recently completed Bloomberg Arcade, one of ten restaurants selected by Bloomberg’s influential food critic, Richard Vines and writer and restaurant consultant Nicholas Lander. With neighbours like Caravan and Homeslice, Vinoteca is in great company offering City wallets and drifters something to shout about.

Not so dissimilar to Vinoteca King’s Cross (which isn’t a bad thing), their new site offers much of the same; a lengthily yet well constructed wine list (50-pages), a mini wine shop and a frequently changing Modern European menu, and with tall floor to ceiling windows, plenty of opportunity to people watch over a nice Bordeaux.

The menu is simply divided between; bar snacks, shellfish, cheese and meats, starters, mains and sides, making the selection process as easy as possible, which is all you can really hope for after copious amounts of wine!

We started with Scottish scallops, spinach and pancetta (£14) which offered the perfect balance of sweet scallop flesh alongside the salty pancetta lardons, complemented further with a vibrant and crisp Godello (£7.40). Burrata topped with caponata, toasted pine nuts and oregano oil (£9.50), was creamy and the caponata hearty and assertive. A wonderful Australian Riesling was a perfect accompaniment to the milky, buttery flavour of the buffalo burrata.

Chickpea and cumin fritters had a less desirable texture, somewhat grainy, however the cumin and the harrissa mayo did execute a welcomed burst of heat.

Fresh pappardelle, girolles, marjoram and Madeira sauce was flavoursome, girolles and marjoram brought a wonderful earthiness to the dish which was complimented by the nutty caramel taste from the glossy Madeira sauce which blanketed the pappardelle.  We opted for the recommended Brunello di Montalcino (£14) packed with earthy notes and mouth-gripping tannins. The Brunello also paired well with my dining companions roast rump of beef which was blushing alongside Chantenay carrots, swede puree, savoy cabbage and of course a giant Yorkshire pudding.

Whilst desserts looked tempting, our eyes had got the better of us and so we instead opted for a night cap. We were recommended Cadillac 2012 Château Fayau, from Bordeaux (£5.50) which had a wonderful marmalade taste.

With jazz soothing our eardrums and wine softening the inescapable anxiety which stems from Monday rearing its ugly head, Vinoteca City hits all the right notes.

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