A Taste Of Spain In Stoke Newington At The Black Pig With White Pearls
Jump off the Overground at Dalston Kingsland and you’ll find a throng of vintage shops, trendy cafes, hair salons, chicken shops and restaurants that double as nightclubs as the hours wear on. A short walk down the high street takes you to comparatively village-like Stoke Newington – but in the middle of both lies The Black Pig With White Pearls, a homely tapas restaurant that happily straddles both.
Specialising in Ibérico (that’s 100% fresh, full breed Ibérico pork from the Dehesa farms in Spain), the menu heavily features cured meats. Opening as a pop-up restaurant, queues of carnivores soon established the team a permanent home within bricks and mortar.
Let’s start with an explanation for the name – ‘Black Pig’ denotes the strictly Ibérico meat used, dark in colour. The white pearls we’re not so sure about, presumably a nod to the faux animal heads covering the walls of the restaurant, each rocking a string of white beads.
Head chef David is Spanish born and bred, hailing from the town of Extremadura, immediately raising expectations – which we can whole-heartedly say were met with a myriad of deftly cooked, flavoursome small plates.
On the menu you’re sure to find a host of the usual crowd-pleasers, including towering plates of patatas bravas, torilla and salty Padron peppers, but it’s the meat one makes the journey for.
We shared a grilled free range pork fillet, served on a bed of patatas panaderas, which were truly as good as we’d hoped, along with ooey gooey croquettes del dia. Notable dishes include grilled pulpo (octopus with boiled potatoes and paprika vinaigrette) and super tasty jamon Iberico (24-month cured, free range and organic – heaven).
If you’ve room, we highly recommend the churros for dessert – made for sharing, they arrive with a rich chocolate sauce that’s just perfect for rounding off a cosy, comfortable & candlelit meal with friends.
Like true Spaniards, we could have happily sat eating and drinking until the small hours – but like true Londoners, we fell into the bars and clubs mere minutes from the door instead (try Ridley Road Market Bar for music and cocktails unlikely to be found in the hills of Extremadura – both a brilliant and terrible thing).
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