FOOD REVIEW: Il Porco at Bunga Bunga

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If you find yourself drawn to Battersea in South London make sure to check out “London’s most authentic hog roast” at Bunga Bunga’s L’Osservatorio. This is where you’ll find House Of Peroni’s Il Porco which “honours the noble and delizioso pig” – Italian style! This is a three-course feasting menu of pork delicacies alongside Peroni Nastro Azzurro infusions paired with each course. This partnership seems natural for the Italian inspired bar and one of Italy’s most iconic brands.

This really is a one of a kind roast and it is amazing how many things you really can do with this meat. Set to take place once a month, you can experience a full hog roast with all of the trimmings cooked by Alexis de Naray, Bunga Bunga’s head chef. This three course feasting menu (term not to be taken lightly!) will fill you to the brim.

We started with pork scratchings, olives and caramelised red onion home-baked focaccia bread paired with the Peroni Limoni, made with Peroni Nastro Azzurro, limoncello, peach liqueur and lemon juice. This was delicious and a great starter for what we had to come. The starter was dotted across two long tables and we were encouraged to share and pass things around as well as share the big bottles of beer on the table amongst ourselves. This gave it a wonderfully informal supper club style feel and we found ourselves laughing with strangers in no time!

The main event was incredible, huge platters were put on either end of the tables which was perfect as they are fit to feed four or more guests. These sharing platters were full of dishes such as slow cooked shredded pork shoulder, pig cheek arancini (a firm favourite), pig fat roasted potatoes, whole roasted porchetta, slow cooked sticky ribs (another firm favourite), garlic and rosemary pork loin medallions and pork and apple sausages wrapped in pancetta. The sides were amazing too and consisted of aubergine parmigiana, celeriac remoulade, baby carrots accompanied by mustard, ketchup, BBQ and apple and cider sauce. The main was teamed with Peroni Speziato which is made with Peroni Nastro Azzurro with orange, fennel, black pepper and rosemary spices.

For dessert, it’s not as if you even have a choice when in comes the bacon brownies with maple syrup ice cream teamed with the Peroni Strawberry Fields made with Peroni Nastro Azzurro, strawberry puree, lemon juice and mint. This was our favourite of the cocktails and the ever growing beer cocktail trend seems to be evolving fast with lots of infusions popping up all over the place.

This is sure to be booked up quickly as spaces are quite limited. Gather all of your food loving friends and head there for the next one in January as it is definitely a different experience to your normal dinner out with mates.

37 Battersea Bridge Rd, London, SW11 3BA | bungabunga-london.com

 

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FOOD REVIEW: Barley & Buns, Spice Market

It seems steamed buns are having a moment in London right now and riding the wave is Spice Market with their newly launched ‘Barley & Buns’ pop-up, running through till Christmas.

The menu includes six bespoke Taiwanese Gua Bao-style buns and a small selection of sides. We couldn’t resist the Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Soy Glazed Short Rib (the clear winner) and the Crispy Korean Chicken buns – all heartily filled and pillowy-soft. Teamed with a bowl full of Edamame and Spicy Thai Slaw, we settled in and got well acquainted, stuffing ourselves as full as a gua bao.

Also on the menu is a selection of barley cocktails, specially chosen to complement the buns. We couldn’t resist the Spiced Negroni made with Campari, gin, Peroni, Elemakule bitters and the Grapefruit Cooler, a sharp concoction of tequila, fresh grapefruit, agave, Schieballion and grapefruit bitters. We finished things off with a bag of cookies and ice cream boxes – truly novelty desserts but a good way to end (their ginger ice cream went down a storm).

If you’re not yet on the bun-wagon (sorry) and are needing an introduction to steamed buns, then get yourself down to Spice Market pronto. This is one food craze that isn’t going anywhere.

View the menu online & book a table here: www.spicemarketlondon.co.uk

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