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REVIEW: Bombetta, Snaresbrook

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What? A brand new spot for meat lovers to pig(‘s head) out on flame-cooked cured meats and cheese, mere steps from the Central line. Drawing inspiration from village life in Puglia, the “spur” and “heel” of the Italian boot, Bombetta London’s selection of flame-cooked chicken, lamb, beef and pork is fiercely authentic.

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Why go? To try a little piece of history. Hailing from the farming communities of food mecca Puglia, meat lovers can’t miss the restaurant’s namesake dish – gloriously salty, fatty chunks of cheese wrapped up in parcels of cured meat. Where Puglian farmland was once used for olive groves, leaving little room to grow food, a tradition was born – farm workers would gather at their local butchers and feast on Bombetta from his communal oven. 

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From humble beginnings came a unique delicacy that’s still loved today. It’s beautifully offset with sharp salsa verde or a crisp salad, but we loved the rainbow chard, garlic & chilli side dish with the unctuous lamb, deer morcetta, scamorza & pepper option. Mop up the juices with a slice (or three) of Breadstation‘s fresh loaves and you’ll be begging for mercy (and room for dessert). 

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Elsewhere on the menu there’s Panzerottini – mini, savoury turnovers filled with tangy ‘nduja & scamorza – grilled watermelon with red onion and oregano and perfectly cooked octopus on a bed of potato, peppers & basil. We’ll be back to try Wanstead Fish’s hot smoked salmon with white balsamic, fennel & samphire, before having a nose around the adjoining deli. Run by Ben Milne and his wife Joanna Anastasiou Milne (the very same who own The Chef’s Deli, a wholesale supplier of top restaurant’s cheeses and salume), it’s dripping with top-quality produce, perfect for wowing at dinner parties, gifts for foodies or a special meal at home. 

The restaurant’s sharp modern design (we loved the neon signage and blingy chandeliers) brings old traditions bang up to date, attracting customers of all ages – we saw parents with young families, 20-something commuters and their parents, plus a crowd of older locals testing the new hangout.

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How much? Starters begin at £4, and the charcoal grill options are insanely reasonable (£3 for fennel sausage, £5 for lamb scottadito). Bombette starts at £9 for chicken, taleggio, duck speck & sage (crumbed) and goes up to £15 for pork, prosciutto San Daniele, truffle pecorino & porcini. Splurge on a dessert to share, too – the intensely rich dark chocolate & hazelnut torte is £7, served with naughty salted caramel gelato.

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Where? A literal stone’s throw from Snaresbrook station on the Central line, it’s not actually central at all – but seriously worth the trip out if you live East (even better, drop in on your commute home to Essex).

 

Address: Units 1-5 Station Approach, Snaresbrook, London, E11 1QE

Website: Bombettalondon.comSign-Up To FashionBite’s Weekly News

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