In a nutshell: Wines and modern European food in Stoke Newington
Summing it all up: Moio restaurant on Stoke Newington High Street is a collaboration between a chef and sommelier who most recently worked together at Portland restaurant as chef and sommelier. Expect a modern European menu with a big focus on matching wines with it.
As 2019 kicks off proper, we're intrigued by the sound of a newcomer that's opening its doors in Stoke Newington. It's a collaboration between João Ferreira Pinto (head chef) and Carolina W Seibel (sommelier) who are looking to bring a touch of their home countries - Portugal and Sweden - to the area (the restaurant refers to 16th-century salt trade between the two countries). The two have an impressive background and both worked most recently with Merlin Labron-Johnson at Portland.
As for the restaurant, we're told to expect a European menu using British cuisine - and the sample menu does sound rather good, including:
- Portuguese Morcella w smoked plum
- Homemade cornbread with goat's butter
- Celeriac vichyssoise with frozen grapes (pictured above)
- Fois gras terrine, black fig jam, pickled crosnes
- Pig trotters fricassee with skinny fries
- Veal tartare cured egg yolk, nardin emulsion, 48-month-old Ilha cheese
- poached hake, chervil root vanilla pure with vegetable seaweed jus
- Seafood Barley w bisque foam
- Azores pineapple carpaccio with Moscatel and pink pepper sauce
To be honest, we were only going to list a few dishes above - but got slightly carried away as they all sounded so good.
And on top of that, we can expect a pretty decent wine list from Seibel - and one that is more about finding the right wines for the restaurant rather than setting limitations. As they say "if the wine suits a menu she’ll serve it, regardless of whether it’s from a stalwart winery on the Rhone or an upstart small-batch vineyard on the Tejo." Expect a wine pairing option too.
It's opening in the space that held - briefly - Rustic Twist and is on the small side with just 35 seats in total. But with a menu like that, we think it sounds like a good addition to Stoke Newington.
More about Moio
Where is it? 188 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7JD
When does it open? 10 January 2019
How to book: Book online
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