|Sartoria restaurant, Savile Row|
Last week invites and events took me to that great big bubble of allure and spectacle, London. While there I found myself enjoying a show of dancing Koryaks at the Russian Embassy; eating oyster for the first time at the Photographer's Gallery; benefiting from a micro-polish facial at Cowshed; looking into a box of receipts left by Scrope Davies when he fled the country 200 years ago; mock falling over for the amusement of my niece, as well as, and not least, savouring Forgotten Foods at fine dining restaurant, Sartoria. Busy week.
So to begin in the re-telling of tales, please follow me on a virtual tour of my fine dining experience at Sartoria's of Mayfair and find out a little bit more about Slow Food UK's Forgotten Foods.
Situated on the corner of Savile Row and New Burlington Street, Sartoria has been delivering a sophisticated, stylish dining experience for over 15 years to a loyal following. The bar area offers light, quick meals along with cocktails like Savile Row Sling, Negroni, Tom Collins and Lychee Martini. To the left, in the dining area tables are covered in long draped white cloth, the seating is a mixture of comfortable sofas and chairs and the wine glasses are long stemmed and slender. The room has a timeless, unshowy style, a canvas on which the food will appear, works of art by a Master Painter, er Chef.
|Sartoria's November menu|
The Slow Food UK movement and its list of 69 UK Forgotten Foods, with the support of the prestigious Chef Alliance aims to re-introduce UK foods that are disappearing and support small producers and local, sustainable produce.
Three seasonal dishes have been added to their à la carte menu and are marked on the menu by the Slow Food Alliance symbol (a snail).
To start, Pfaff has created a dish of Morecambe Bay shrimps with a courgette and citrus tartare. The presentation was superb, a tower of colour, comprising of grapefruit base, roman courgette, with golden brown shrimps on top. It looked fantastic although, for me it lacked impact.
|Middle White Pig at Sartoria|
To finish Pfaff offers a pudding of cocoa and almond served with Kentish cobnuts, (cultivated hazelnuts), sweet, nutty and very very local. The combination was interesting as there was a contrast in textures, the smooth pudding contrasting with the crumbling nut, but it lacked light and shade.
To accompany our meal we had a variety of well chosen wines by our sommelier for the evening, Jose. With over 230 entries on their wine list, Sartoria cover wines from the very best vineyards. To begin we were offered Prosecco ‘Crede’ Bisol, a delightful choice with a light and delicate flavour. While in the bread basket, the pane carasau guttiau a thin and crisp flatbread from Sardinia, despite its humble appearance was worthy of note. Throughout the meal Jose continued to bring light, white wines that suited our taste perfectly. However, the absolute stand out, blow your mind with flavour, wine we had was the amazing Tokaji 5puttonyos, Royal Blue. A dessert wine, sweet with an explosion of taste sensations.
20 SAVILE ROW
LONDON W1S 3PR
Tel: 020 7534 7000