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Ostuni: Loving the Hyacinth


SEEN loves Puglian cuisine and was especially interested to learn that North London’s Ostuni are introducing new dishes at their Highgate and Queen’s Park restaurants. Particularly interesting is their use of Hyacinth bulbs, which, if you didn’t know – SEEN certainly didn’t) is a very traditional food of Puglia. Ostuni is London’s first restaurant entirely dedicated to the cuisine and wines of Puglia, and is a part of North West London’s Masseria Group.

Hyacinth Bulbs 1

Hyacinth Bulbs 2

Drawing inspiration from the colder weather (set to be with us a while yet, SEEN fears) and the seasonal changing Puglian ingredients, new additions to the Ostuni à la carte menu include the Coniglio con Lampascioni (rabbit with roasted hyacinth bulbs, celery, tomato & white wine), Bombetta con Cime di Rapa (thinly sliced pork collar neck, wrapped around turnip tops and caciocavallo cheese) and Zuppa di Pesce con Salicornia (fish soup with wild king prawn, whole cuttlefish, clams, seared cod & sautéed samphire).

Antipasto 1

The star attraction of the new menu is set to be the Antipasto Pugliese; a selection of dishes channelling that genuine, authentic and delicious Puglian flavour. The diverse cuisine and interesting ingredients food of southern Italy have helped sculpt the menu, with dishes like Fried Baby Cuttlefish, Crispy Grape Hyacinth Bulb with Vincotto Reduction, and Salt Cod and Cauliflower clay pot. Available now at both Ostuni restaurants, this is the perfect solution to diminishing any food envy.

Using fresh ingredients imported straight from Puglia, Ostuni have also created an accessible new lunch menu priced at £13 for 2 courses or £17 for 3 courses; available 12pm – 3pm Monday to Friday. Each day, a different menu offering of Puglian staples such as Fresh Laganari Spaghetti with Meatballs and Cacioricotta, or Grilled Pork Sausage and Bombetta with Rosemary Chips, allows guests to feast upon an affordable range of delicious and traditional Puglian cuisine. SEEN can’t wait.

Ostuni Queen’s Park
43-45 Lonsdale Road

Ostuni Highgate
1 Hampstead Lane
N6 4RS

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