Vinoteca have expanded and I visited the newly opened Soho branch one evening last week for a few vinos and some snacks. Having never visited either the original Farringdon bar or the Marylebone location, but having heard good things of both, I was excited to see a more central and closer to work option.
The staff were knowledgeable and easy going, happy to oblige despite our sporadic food ordering. The menu changes daily and consists of bar snacks, starters and mains. Wanting more of a graze than a full meal, Art and I ordered the sobrasada and some bread to start with.
I'd never had this before but it's a spreadable sausage, akin to chorizo, flavoured with smoked paprika and was great with the crusty white bread.
My favourite treat of the evening were the chorizo croquettes. I'd say they're almost as good as the famed Barrafina ham croquettes, but not quite there. A brilliant aioli sprinkled with paprika was the perfect accompaniment though.
Finally, we shared a British cheese plate with generous wedges of (from top down) Stawley, an unpasteurized soft goatscheese (£4), Colsten Basset stilton (£4) and Lincolnshire poacher (£3.50).
We drank a bottle of the 2010 Touraine Sauvignon, ‘Domaine de la Croix Bouquie’, Alpha Loire which is bottled on site, and once we were done with that ordered a couple more glasses. The bread was refilled throughout the evening, a number of times and the bill came to £30 each. It doesn't look like a lot of food but we were both full and felt very well looked after. Having been open only a few weeks, I was very impressed with how slick everything already seems to be running here. We didn't book and managed to walk straight in to a table on the busy ground floor, well into evening service on a Thursday. There's a room upstairs where reservations are taken.
I'll definitely be back to try out more of the wines and some of the larger plates, all the food on surrounding tables looked more than appealing.
53-55 Beak Street