Wabi (Japanese) and Pisto Manchego (Spanish – Tapas)
Yes – Two different cuisines in one post. It is what FADHoppers is about – hopping between cuisines!
We shall start off with Wabi, which is a Japanese restaurant in London and Horsham. I went to the one in Horsham with my girlfriend, her dad and his wife. The menu seemed to have two options; either to try a taster menu and to select around 5 tapas / meze style dishes from the A La Carte menu (which would then be scaled up for the 4 of us). As this was our first time we opted for the deluxe taster menu. We ordered a nice bottle of white wine too, which went down quickly.
Sadly – no photographs. In another recent post, I had also forgotten to take photographs. I need to learn – Restaurants = Photographs.
We were firstly given some snacks (like bread or olives at a Italian restaurant). These were beans of some sort, soya beans and pork scratchings and an accompanying dip ( that included a vast array of ingredients which they reeled off but no one paid attention.) The snacks were nothing special and the soya beans were the nicest of the three.
The first course came, not long after the snacks and the snacks weren’t finished. This was basically smoked salmon on tortilla chips with a hint of lemon. They gave the dish a fancy title and preached how they added starch to the chips then dehydrated and fried it etc. I couldn’t tell the difference between this and Doritos. It was the worst of the five dishes.
The dishes did however, improve from course to course. The next course was a variety of sushi, which was very enjoyable. We had this with a bottle of cold sake, which went down very nicely with the sushi. My girlfriend, I think, was converted to sushi after eating here. The sushi came with Miso soup. I’m not a fan of Miso soup but my girlfriend was and downed hers and mine.
Next course was some sweet steamed buns – 1 contained duck and the other slow cooked (13 hours) pork belly. The pork belly was delicious and I could have eaten that all night. I’m not the biggest fan of the buns but I didn’t particularly enjoy the buns in Hong Kong.
The final course was seabass with some dipping sauce. This was my favourite course and was delicious. We had another bottle of sake (unpasturised – shock, horror) and had different desserts. I don’t know what everyone had – I had a sorbet which was okay.
Overall the food was nice, the courses kept on improving, the final dish was delicious, the waiter was enthusiastic and passionate but it was too expensive for what we had.
On to tapas! Our friend recently visited for the weekend. We went to a Spanish tapas restaurant in London for lunch and enjoyed the following recipe so we tried to recreate it.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
1 aubergine, diced
1 courgette, diced
1 green pepper, diced
Can of chopped tomatoes
I chilli (whole but slit down the side)
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 stock cube
Salt and Black pepper
Preheat oven to 200 Deg C.
Place the aubergine, courgette, garlic, chilli and pepper to a casserole dish
Season and pour the olive oil over the top.
Roast for 20 minutes.
Add the can of tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes
Add the sherry vinegar and stock cube and cook for another 10 minutes