Dinner at Camino (London, UK)
One of my dinners in London was at Camino. It’s a mini-restaurant chain of four Spanish tapas restaurants, a sherry bar (Bar Pepito) and Cava bar Copa de Cava, all in London. I went to their restaurant in King’s Cross as it was very close to where I was staying (at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel).
I started my evening with a glass of dry yet fruity Beronia 2013 Rosé (£6.50) and a shot glass of briny marinated olives (£2.50) while making up my mind what to eat for the rest of my dinner.
I started with Buñelos de bacalao (£4.50) salt cod and Idiazábal cheese fritters on a swathe of sweet chilli jelly. I liked this tapa as it’s not complicated – simple flavors of fluffy cod, a hint of cheese and a touch of sweet and spiciness.
The salad of anguila con melón y kiwi (£7), smoked eel with melon, yogurt and kiwi sounds unusual but it works for me. The subtle salty, smokiness of the eel nicely contrasted with the sweet cubes of melon and kiwi and tangy yogurt.
For a hot tapa, I stuck with the classic gambas al ajillo (£9), sautéed tiger shrimp with chilli, garlic, white wine served in a sizzling hot terra cotta dish. The sweet shrimp with a touch of heat with the flavors of garlic and white wine to gently enhance the shrimp.
A bit more substantial meat course, Pinchón (£6.50), a dish of seared, slice pigeon breast on a bed of risotto-like mixture of creamy pearl barley and Torta de la Serena cheese. I liked the pigeon breast that it was cooked to medium-rare and the creamy texture of the barley. My small tiff is the fact the pigeon breast was under seasoned and the barley was a tad too salty.
To finish my meal on a sweet note, I had the Crema Catalana (£4.50), a sweet, creamy custard flavored relatively predominantly with orange and vanilla. The custard was decent. It’s a touch too sweet for my taste and it’s not set firm enough.
In all, Camino is a good Spanish restaurant for meal that has an interesting and good Spanish wine list and small plates menu that are mostly familiar and a few pleasant creative surprises.
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Has four locations but visited King’s Cross:
3 Varnishers Yard
London, N1 9FD
Telephone: 020 7841 7331