Scully … all the tapas

When I visited: June 2019

Location: London (near Piccadilly Circus)

Rating in the Michelin Guide: Recommended

Dining Owl Hoot rating: 4/5

What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress (could go more casual)

Ambience: Fun, informal

Course of the meal: Chargrilled broccoli, Chinkiang vinegar, salted egg yolk

If I could change one thing: More available wine

Review:

Scully is a good choice if you want a fun, fairly informal restaurant that allows you to share everything with a group of friends. I went with a group of 6 and we shared everything from the second category on their menu (which starts with smaller dishes, moves up slightly, then features a few ‘mains’ and then several desserts): arepa, eggplant sambai, bergamot labneh; kohlrabi, young coconut, Lebanese cucumber, curry oil, cashew; yellow dates, smoked pears, maple shitake, hazelnuts, bitter greens; hispi slaw, oyster mushrooms, macadamia, yeast flake vinaigrette; chargrilled broccoli, Chinkiang vinegar, salted egg yolk; peas, spiced pickled eggplant, soft curd, preserved lemons; forbidden rice, vegetable XO, daikon, turnip; tomato and coconut salad, green strawberries, tomato shrub. Out of all these dishes, my favourites was the chargrilled broccoli, which was delicious with the egg yolk, but the ‘forbidden rice’ was also a highlight.

For the ‘mains’, we shared the dry aged halibut with mustard-seed potato, coconut rempah and peanut, and the turbot, served with ox tail ragu, rice cake and ginger soy. These were both good but the turbot was especially well-balanced.

We then indulgently ordered one of each of their desserts: pearl barley pudding, oat amazake, blood orange curd, hazelnuts; annin frozen marshmallow, roasted rhubard, walnut streusel; piura porcelana chocolate sorbet, pistachio, tonka; rapeseed and bay leaf ice cream, black sesame cookie, miso caramel; preserved lemon tahini brulee tart, yoghurt sorbet; and chocolate arepa, beni savannah wild dark chocolate mousse, and blackcurrant. For me, the chocolate desserts were the best; some of the choices weren’t that sweet, but they might be a good option for those people who are more into savoury dishes.

We shared some Spanish white wine but they were a bit slow bringing and chilling this – not a massive problem in itself but not up to the high standards of the rest of the food and service.

 

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