The Shed

If I can't eat it I don't want to know. Unless it gets me drunk.

Month: August, 2009

Muy bueno!

After a weekend packed with ingredient sourcing and recipe testing (hard life, eh?), we have some delicious new dishes to add to a few stalwart faves. We must admit going a little off-piste and sneaking in a cheeky little not-so-Spanish mezze, but it was just too good to exclude…can you spot it?

A rough draft of the menu, subject to change pending delivery of two new cookery books!

Breads, olive oil, vinegar, olives, dried cherry tomatoes

Tortilla (v)
Padron peppers (v)
Broad beans with shallots (v)
Empanadas (v)
Pumpkin and tahini dip (v)
Marinated anchovies
Braised cabbage with chicharrones and chorizo

Paella (v)
Stuffed mushrooms (v)
Griddled aubergines (v)
Patatas bravas (v)
Gambas a la plancha with saffron mayonnaise
Salmon ceviche


On the lookout for another veggie dish to add to the ‘main course’, so veggies don’t despair! Those in possession of the Moro East book will probably note a degree of inspiration taken from it, and one of the recipes will replicated verbatim…it’s so good, it doesn’t need any tinkering. I must say thank you to my dedicated tasting team (job well done) and also to MsMarmiteLover for teaching me how to griddle a mean aubergine 🙂

Going back to Moro East…it is easily the best book I have acquired in the last year or so – feel free to ask to see it after dinner, then go buy yourself a copy! It’s a tremendous book.

If you’re not already booked in for Tapas Fantastica and like what you see, email for reservations.


Tapas Fantastica

In eternal faith of a luscious Indian summer, we’re going all Mediterranean in September with a glut of tasty tapas. We’ll be serving around 20 dishes across three courses, and this time we’re dipping a hungry toe into carnivorous waters, but retaining a strong foundation of veggie delights.

8pm, Tuesdays in September.

Suggested donation;
£14 for vegetarians
£18 for meat eaters, omnivores and pesce-curious

Email for reservations and queries….see you there!

Opening night!

So it finally rolled around, and after A LOT of preparention, actually went quite smoothly! We’ll probably make a few tweaks here and there, but on the whole we were pleased with what we’ve done. Due to two cancellations we were able to sit down with everybody for cheese and dessert, which was definitely the highlight for us. Every cloud…

A lovely review here from the queen of underground restaurants herself, Ms Marmite Lover.

We have a few spaces (about 6 ish I think) left for the current menu for August, before moving on to Tapas Fantastica in September. About which more details coming soon….