Friday, August 5, 2016

Eneko at One Aldwych

This month sees the opening of Eneko Atxa's newest restaurant at the basement of One Aldwych hotel in the Strand. Eneko at One Aldwych is a more casual version of his three-Michelin Azurmendi restaurant in Bilbao, Spain. Azurmendi has recently been rated as one of the world's top twenty restaurants, so we were excited to dine at Eneko's newest restaurant today.
The simplified menu consists of several seafood and land-based dishes, as well as vegetarian options. We had the anchovy tempura and a trio of pork consisting of  mushroom and Iberico ham, suckling pig brioche and crispy pork jowl. The anchovy tempura were served in a cute fish and chip style cone. Despite being a battered dish, I found the anchovy tempura to be light, but the trio of pork (trexxi boda pork festival) stood out for its generous portion and delicious variety of pork.
For mains we had a cod bizkaina, a stew consisting of cod tripe in bizkaina sauce and deep-fried cod bites, and roasted Iberico presa. The cod stew was delicious, but slightly overpowering. In hindsight, the stew, as sort of a comfort food, we think is best ordered in colder days. The roasted Iberico presa on the other hand was a stand out dish. Pink in the middle, the pork was deliciously soft. 
The desserts are on a trolley for diners to choose from. We had a Basque vanilla pudding and raspberry macaroon with basil ganache. All deserts are served with Basque vanilla soft ice-cream.

We truly enjoyed our dinner at Eneko at One Aldwych. Staffs were also friendly at all times.
Even discounting the 50% off deal, the food wasn't pricey for the quality. Oh, about that 50% off deal again - it is valid throughout the month of August as they go through their soft opening phase. So if you ever wanted to dine in a restaurant owned by a triple Michelin chef without breaking the bank, this is it.

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