In a nutshell: Tomos Parry goes it alone
Summing it all up: The ex Kitty Fishers chef is opening his own place in Shoreditch with a mix of cooking on fire, Welsh and Basque cuisine.
Basque + Welsh + Fire
If, like us, you've been wondering what Tomos Parry has been planning since he left Kitty Fishers - then wonder no more. He's opening his own place Brat in Shoreditch's Redchurch Street. If you're not familiar with him, he made the aforementioned Kitty Fishers one of the hottest places in town in when he started there after a stint at Climpsons Arch before going on to win a host of awards.
Here's what to expect from Brat:
A Welsh/Basque mash-up. It's promising a mic of his Welsh roots and Basque cuisine - and that name apparently comes from a colloquial term for Turbot.
It's above Smoking Goat in Shoreditch. Just head up the winding stairs to Brat.
Expect some cooking on fire. As the man himself says "Brat will focus on a particularly gentle and simple style of fire cooking recognisable from Getaria, which generally means buy well and don’t ruin it. Since leaving Kitty’s, I’ve been working closely with farmers and fisherman to create a menu which is structured around native ingredients at the peak of their season."
Given the name, there will indeed be turbot on the menu. Here's a taste of what to expect:
- Grilled baby peas and wood fire grilled breads
- Cedar Wood Sea trout with Jersey cream and river herbs
- Slow grilled little Red Mullet
- Turbot (of course!), lightly seasoned
- Wild mussel and cockle soup
- Offal hot pot with laverbread and potatoes (loosely based on the Welsh national dish of Cawl)
And look out for "a dish using aged badger face welsh mountain ewes, which have been fattened on their endless grass hills, with the extra fat covering intensifying the flavour."
The people behind Noble Rot will have a hand in the wine. Keeling Andrew & Co will have "an approachable list, with a few interesting wines from old cellars alongside a list of sherrys they are beginning to bring into the country."
Expect bar seating surrounding the open kitchen. The wood ovens will be at the heart of the room - so you'll get a full view of the proceedings. And standard tables too, if you want to distance yourself from the action.
More about Brat
Where is it? Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JJ
When does it open? Spring 2018
Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Twitter