Da Terra | Fine Dining In Bethnal Green
Usually, you’ll find they’re a bit papery.
But at Da Terra, they only serve tasting menus, and they’re thankfully delicious.
You’ll find it in the the restaurant-sized space taking up a well-lit corner of Bethnal Green’s beautiful Town Hall Hotel, a spot that’s had some extremely good pedigree over the years. It’s been the home to both Viajante – the restaurant that launched Nuno Mendes into the culinary stratosphere – and the Typing Room, which garnered some stunning reviews and put head chef Lee Wescott onto The Great British Menu.
Now, those restaurant-shaped boots have been filled by chefs Paulo Airaudo and Rafael Cagali. And, thanks to the fact that both of them have worked at The Fat Duck, as well as respectively taking stints at Michelin Starred places like Fera, La Bottega, and Amelia, they live up to the hype.
The space itself is an elegantly laid out affair, with mid-century furnishings laid out across a beautiful parquet floor. The food is – as mentioned – tasting menu only, with 9-courses of South American-style dishes with a distinct Italian influence. You can expect the likes of diced scallop with apple, dill and sea fennel (served in the shell); sardine with beetroot & crème fraîche; and an extremely creative burnt ice cream, with avocado and caviar.
It’s all wine-paired of course (should you want), and there’s a vert handsome brass-topped bar if you’re in the mood for a classic cocktail, or another glass of vino.
Just don’t forget to ask for the tasting notes.
NOTE: Da Terra is open for lunch Thurs-Sat and dinner Wed-Sat. You can find out more, and book, at their website right HERE.
Town Hall Hotel | Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2 9NF
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