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REVIEW: Tuyo, Broadway Market

WHAT: Beneath a bevy of beautiful botanicals, a beguiling mix of Middle Eastern and European food is served by ex Salt Yard chef Ricardo Pimental.

WHERE: In a charming spot just up from Broadway Market’s myriad hipster delights, perched on the canal.

WHAT WE LIKE: The prices, for one thing. We’d rather forgotten the last time we sat down to a menu offering generous small plates around £6 – think prawn and Padron pepper skewers served with Sicilian cherry tomato and lilliput capers salad (£6.50), piles of bread baked in-house (we tried sultana fennel & pumpernickel) and oxtail croquetas served with a swirl of mushroom aioli and pickled cucumber (£6.50). Flavours are well considered and rich – just simple, excellent cooking that appears to improve with every dish served.

A Tuesday night was mercifully quiet after a long day at the office, but we imagine the venue buzzes with trendy youngsters navigating the wine menu come the latter half of the week.

Staff ooze East London cool without being annoying, happy to offer help with the menu where necessary. We adored the octopus (if it’s associated with the Salt Yard group in any way, you know it’s going to be good) swimming in a sweet pepperonata with hummus and cumin yoghurt (£9). Next, a chunky seabream with puy lentils, avocado puree, goat’s cheese and mint gremolata. Each dish has personality and wit, served with real love (and a splodge or swirl of something delicious for dipping purposes).

There’s a board selection, too – perfect for weekend drinks or a quick bite after work. Hot smoked pig cheeks, lamb merguez salami and wild boar salami tempt the carnivores, while cheese lovers can linger over pecorino tartufo, Gorgonzola dolce and young Manchego (you can pick any three for £12, but five for £16 is just too good to refuse).

The wine menu deserves a mention, too, listing everything from top quality Gavi from Piedmont to sparkling Cava Brut. We’ll be heading back on a lazy Saturday afternoon, keen to sample the extensive brunch menu (Huevos Turcos, we’re looking at you), and more than a few glasses of the latter. If you’re the sort of person who keeps a list of new restaurants you’re desperate to try, be sure to add this to the top.

ADDRESS: 129A Pritchard’s Road, London E2 9AP

WEBSITE: Tuyo.londonSign-Up To FashionBite’s Weekly News

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