While the standard of classic Spanish tapas is remarkably high in London, there's always room for one more restaurant, and while Camino isn't a newcomer onto the scene, I popped in to the Shoreditch branch for the very first time last week for their special supper club they've launched this month.
Established by the ever so charming Richard Bigg in 2007, restaurant and bar group Camino has grown tremendously in popularity with its combination of top quality food and drink menus expanding to four sites in central London (Shoreditch, Monument, King’s Cross and Bar Pepito in King’s Cross, which was the first dedicated sherry bar in the country). The food menu has been developed by their talented Executive Chef Nacho del Campo and all sites offer honest and authentic Spanish flavours – from familiar tapas items to bigger sharing plates.
Camino has since launched a monthly supper club to take customers on a culinary road trip through Spain, the first one and the one I attended was all about the Rueda wine region and now, thanks to this experience, one of my favourite regions.
As we sat down on our long banqueting table and introduced ourselves to our fellow diners, it was evident to note that this was going to be a fun night. London events are back! Our host was informative but by no means condescending for those who knew very little on the subject of wine and super friendly. The food was plentiful and each course was carefully thought out to compliment the various wines throughout the evening. Generally speaking, an essential visit for anyone who loves Spanish food, particularly because the menu expands beyond the croquetas-and-jamon canon you may have seen at restaurants around the city. Case in point, we had a spectacular rare fillet of Iberico pork with sweet potato puree with parsley and lemon picada and another mandatory order when you visit, was their signature black rice with cuttlefish, squid ink and a big polka dot of aioli – creamy, tangy and proof that simple cooking will never not be in fashion.
As I was putting on my jacket to leave at the end of the night, I remember feeling an immense feeling of happiness flow through my veins, yes partially due to the copious amounts of super smooth wine that was consumed but also it just felt great to be out and about in London again. If you're after a lively and exuberant experience, then book yourself in for Camino's next supper club. Its a good choice for big groups, intimate catch ups and a safe bet for a first date. So go forth and enjoy the ride!
Places at the table are priced at £45 (+ service charge) for the evening, and includes generous serving of wine, plenty of pleasing plates, making it a rather terrific evening.
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