‘Escocesa’ is Spanish for ‘Scottish’– an idea to the set-up at this brand-new Stoke Newington tapas bar. It’s the 2nd dining establishment opened by Ayrshire-born, ex-record manufacturer Stephen Lironi. (Crouch End’s Bar Esteban was his very first.).
For this more sleekly embellished however similarly laidback N16 gaff, he’s stuck to executive head chef Pablo Rodriguez (who trained at Jean Luc Figueras in Catalunya, then Barrafina and Moro/Morito here in London), and Bilbao-born supervisor Naroa Ortega.
Church Street is approximately a 3rd of the method from Sauchiehall Street to La Rambla, and Escocesa is plainly two-thirds Spanish. Menu staples consist of juicy pan con tomate, piquant patatas bravas and tortilla that yields quickly under the fork. The fried child squid is crisp, not oily.
Still, the Caledonian accent is strong, with Scottish seafood amongst the specials: scallops from Ullapool, langoustines from Lochinver. Emphasizes like these (and a borderline-obsessive sherry list) reveal Escocesa’s severe enthusiasm for good sourcing. This is the sort of London regional that thinks quality isn’t just for la-di-dah Zone One restaurantland.
On a rainy midweek night, Escocesa was currently buzzing by 7.30 pm. Still, when the waitress understood she ‘d offered me a table for 4 and the reservation was for 2, she insisted I sit tight, and didn’t hover impatiently while my friend’s bus crawled up from Essex Roadway.
There is no wild experimentation here, however the flavours work. Flaky salt cod featured succulent beetroot and orange pieces, and tasty manchego on a delicately sweet fig salad. Undoubtedly, the fried aubergine was a little too chewy, however the crema Catalana dessert was revitalizing and light.
Stoke Newington has its old favourites, like Rasa, and its stylish, remarkable pizza and burger joints, however the Good Egg and Escocesa are upping the video game, the noo.
For those of you thinking about such things, here’s the story of how this dining establishment happened. 15 years earlier in my previous life as a record manufacturer, (www.discogs.com/artist/102018-Stephen-Lironi), I was being in a leased mid-century home in the Hollywood Hills, producing a record and composing for an ambitious artist, when I stumbled upon a post in the Guardian.
The post detailed how all the very best Scottish seafood would leave Scotland headed for Spain, as there was no domestic market for the more undoubtedly costly or mystical catches.
Now I do not understand if it was the truth that I read this one early morning in the Californian sunlight over coffee, that possibly sustained a little fond memories and a yearning for the bonnie banks. It definitely stimulated memories of my moms and dads driving me, my sibling and sibling from Glasgow to Palamos in Catalunya in 1974, and our subsequent annual expeditions.
Whatever … … … that short article stuck with me.
I opened my very first dining establishment Bar Esteban in 2013, with Pablo Rodriguez from Barcelona and Naroa Ortega from Bilbao. Pablo served time in Michelin star dining establishment Jean Luc Figueras in Catalunya, prior to coming to London and working in Barrafina and Moro/ Morito. We are signed up with in Escocesa by David Herrera, from Malaga, as the head chef who has actually done time with Arzak in San Sebastian, prior to coming to London and working in the Waterside Inn in Bray, and Barrafina in Soho where he fulfilled Pablo.
67 stir Newington church street.
Mon 6pm – 10.30 pm.
Tues 6pm – 10.30 pm.
Wed 6pm – 10.30 pm.
Thurs 6pm – 10.30 pm.
Fri 6pm – 11.30 pm.
Sat 12pm – 4pm, 5pm – 11.30 pm.
Sun 12pm – 4pm, 5pm – 9.30 pm.
Our Menus such as.
Gin & tonics.
Beers, cider & softs.
happy hour ₤ 1 oyster.
6-7 pm Mon – Fri & throughout the day Sun.
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United Kingdom. Time at Escocesa and.
Time at Escocesa and really much liked it and hope to return. Terrific menu.
Food was of good quality. Terrific flavours. Excellent service.
The terrific white wine list. Terrific digestives.
PASSMORE London, UK.
This is a fab, enjoyable place with terrific service and outstanding food/wine list.
It is a little costly and the plates are tapas-sized, however the food is wonderfully prepared (the service, in particular, is exceptional) and the red wine list is exceptional, with extremely thoroughly picked white wines.
The personnel actually understand what they are doing.
We will be back.
maxxx2110 London, UK.
Fantastic dining establishment!
One of the finest dining establishments in the location. Terrific service, excellent environment, fantastic food and terrific mixed drinks.
hannahr52 Clun, UK.
I enjoy this place.
Uncertain how Escocesa has actually gotten such bad evaluations just recently … various chefs, various shifts ?? Anyhow, I have actually been here a variety of times and the food has actually constantly been fresh, excellent and delicious quality. The personnel were charming and we constantly delight in some charming white wine (La Metamorphika). Ending up being a preferred haunt.
Cloe_2009 London, UK.
Enjoyable and yummy.
It is perhaps not a complete 4 (more a 3.5) however in general the food is delicious, some meals are better some less terrific (like the dessert I attempted when) however in general the experience is positive. Good likewise if your seat at the cooking area stalls, the personnel is enjoyable and the ones cooking do a fantastic hard task.
Can not talk about the paella as I have actually not tried it, they have good oysters though and excellent red wines.
I have actually been 3 times by now and in general among the dining establishments I tried out Church Street this is among the very best and will be gladly returning once again.
‘Escocesa’ is Spanish for ‘Scottish’– a hint to the set-up at this brand-new Stoke Newington tapas bar. We are signed up with in Escocesa by David Herrera, from Malaga, as the head chef who has actually done time with Arzak in San Sebastian, prior to coming to London and working in the Waterside Inn in Bray, and Barrafina in Soho where he satisfied Pablo. Time at Escocesa and.
Excellent service, fantastic environment, excellent food and fantastic mixed drinks. Not sure how Escocesa has actually gotten such bad evaluations just recently … various chefs, various shifts ?? Anyhow, I have actually been here a number of times and the food has actually constantly been fresh, great and yummy quality.