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Sagardi Shoreditch: Authentic Basque Cuisine Comes to the East End

How SEEN loves trying new restaurants! Thus, we were bidden to attend the official opening and party at Sagardi last night. The enthusiastic partygoers sampled and celebrated hearty Basque cuisine as Sagardi opens its first UK branch on Curtain Road, Shoreditch. We love another reason to visit this thriving area of London.

How SEEN loves trying new restaurants! Thus, we were bidden to attend the official opening and party at Sagardi last night. The enthusiastic partygoers sampled and celebrated hearty Basque cuisine as Sagardi opens its first UK branch on Curtain Road, Shoreditch. We love another reason to visit this thriving area of London.

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The restaurant is divided into two areas: The Pinxtos Bar with Basque ciders (which SEEN tasted: delightfully dry), plus wines and beers from the region; and a restaurant space with a central charcoal grill. It was fascinating to watch the chefs as they laboured over the grill with the utmost care. The smell of the cooking meat was mouthwatering. The carnivorous diner can also take home prime cuts of Galician meat from Sagardi’s street-facing butcher, complete with marble counter-top, a real treat.

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The menu promises the very freshest ingredients flown in on a daily basis for our culinary enjoyment: From Txulton beefsteak to lettuce hearts from Tudela, SEEN looks forward to trying Fried Txistorra sausage from Orio; Almalabra red tuna from Barbate; Baby squid in ink sauce; Salted cod omelette “Roxario” style; and Veal sweetbreads with Tudela artichokes.

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Opened 18 years ago by Iñaki Viñaspre, Sagardi now has branches in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Porto, Mexico and Buenos Aires. The summer of the Rio Olympics means that the timing is good for the appreciation of all things Basque.

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The sausage was delicious, and the fish also. Sensibly, Sagardi don’t overdress the food, letting the flavours speak for themselves. The food last night was served on fresh rustic bread. It was hearty and robust. The combination of good food and the theatrical charcoal grill will surely mean that Sagardi is bringing something a little different to an area of London that prides itself on being just that.

www.sagardi.co.uk

Sagardi Shoreditch
95 Curtain Road
Shoreditch
London
EC2A 3BS

020 3802 0478