|Madness of Gold|
|Frisciou, Fried Grissini, Focaccia Ligure|
|The Finished Product - Poached Egg with Fresh Black Truffle|
Our group received a talk from Chef Arnulfo who also provided a live demonstration of the starter some of us would be eating later in the evening (“Poached Egg with Fresh Black Truffle”). We also sampled a new signature cocktail for their new bar (to be based in Farringdon) called Madness of Gold which is cognac based and also has homemade grape marmalade, basil & fizz. Cognac is a strong alcoholic drink and I thought it would be overpowering. However the cocktail was well balanced; mind you, it is a cocktail to sip slowly! Along with our talk and cocktails we had appetisers, namely Frisciou, Fried Grissini and Focaccia Ligure. My favourite was the Focaccia Ligure – freshly made, soft and moreish.
|Mediterranean Anchovies Breaded & Fried|
I had “Mediterranean Anchovies Breaded & Fried” for my starters. I liked that it didn’t taste too fishy considering the reservations most people would have when it comes to anchovies. I thought that this was an appropriate starter, given that “Acciuga” means anchovy. The anchovies came with a sweet tomato sauce which came in a sardine tin; I thought this was pretty cool.
|Piemontese Pork & Beef Stuffed Ravioli with Vegetable Sauce|
For my main I had “Piemontese Pork & Beef Stuffed Ravioli with Vegetable Sauce”. This was on point; the ravioli and the sauce worked well together. My only criticism (as with maybe a few other blogger of the #ZomatoMeetup) was the portion size – a bit more could have been served.
|Cream of Pistachio Millefeuille|
I finished my meal with “Cream of Pistachio Millefeuille”. It was not presented as a typical millefeuille; it was deconstructed, with pastry and crushed pistachio topping the creamy filling and presented in a mason jar. It had the right balance of richness and sweetness; it was light in taste. It satisfied my sweet tooth without giving me a sugar attack.
Service at Acciuga was good and friendly. While there were approximately 20 food bloggers at the #ZomatoMeetup and the restaurant does have a private dining area I would suggest that Acciuga is primarily a place for intimate dining - classy initial dates and couples!
It was nice to explore Italian food other than the standard pizza/spaghetti/lasagne. If I visted Acciuga again, I would probably order the same 3 course meal; I think the ravioli left a bit of an impression on me. I just hope that a bigger potion would be served….
I thank Zomato for the opportunity to try out this restaurant!