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If there is one restaurant in London "worth a trip" from another city or even another country it is Viajante. The restaurant is located in East London, in Bethnal Green Town Hall which has been partly transformed into a hotel. The Edwardian and Neo- Classical building is grand and beautiful and when you enter the restaurant you immediately face the open kitchen where the incredibly talented Nuno Mendes and his team cook. 

Viajante, which in Portuguese means "traveller", is about cooking without borders. No borders between the kitchen and the dining room ( the chef and the sous -chefs serve some of their dishes themselves), no borders among the team. Every week the sous-chefs create their own dishes that are approved or not by Nuno Mendes. Viajante is not a laboratory where food is some kind of art or experiment though. What I liked about what happens in this restaurant kitchen is that every morsel was original (and sometimes completely new to me), yet delicious. Somehow I could eat this food every day and never get tired.

 

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Thai explosion II amuse bouche – a tasty sandwich with chicken mousse and lemon grass. (I didn't understand why it was called "explosion" though as it was not spicy or anything like that..)

 

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Amaranth with sorrel- the amaranth grains had been smoked over hay and served  with sorrel purée

Mackerel with cherry blossom milk ( I forgot to take the picture)

 

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Potato with yeast and black olive


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Bread with two butters – the hay smoked butter was surreal

 

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Charred squid with roasted oats ,peas and broad beans

 

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Iberico pork secretos with daikon and burnt cream- the pork was very tender

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Pickled and raw cucumber with reduced milk sorbet


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Salsify with chocolate and melilot ice cream

 

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Vanilla and olive oil toffee


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Chocolate and mushroom truffle

 

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