The husband and wife partnership behind Strut & Cluck in Shoreditch have bought a taste of their heritage to the heart of central London with their opening of Delamina.
Inspired by healthy eating and the herbs & spices of the Middle East, many dishes are grilled or roasted. Vegans and Vegetarians can also rejoice as there are numerous vegetable dishes that are full of flavour. The cocktails are also made with aquafaba (the juice from cooking legumes such as chickpeas) instead of egg whites, to make sure you don’t miss out on a delicate tipple!
Arriving on a miserable, rainy London evening, I was warmly welcomed by staff and shown straight to our rustic table. The decor invokes a wonderful sense of warmth and I kept looking around noticing more aspects ( & secretly getting ideas for my dining room!)
The family photos dotted around made it feel like you had just walked into a family home! The knowledgeable and friendly staff only served to enhance this feeling and provide a fantastic atmosphere for the entire evening.
Our first choice was between wine or cocktails. The cocktails contain very similar aromatics as the food, with unique combinations of flavour and there is an innovative wine list from the Middle East to pick from. Although not overly familiar with the grape we opted for a Spanish Mencia wine, the bottle served as a lovely accompaniment to the meal with a deep fruity flavour similar to a Beaujolais, but a Pinot Noir lightness.
We opted to try a few of the dishes to share, which the menu definitely lends itself well to, although in a bigger group you may need to stagger them to fit them on the table.
Our selection included; spicy okra tempura, salad of avocado with charred broccollini & za’atar spiced gem lettuce and baby aubergines smothered with black sesame & crumbled rosary goats’ cheese. Alongside a whole charcoaled fish and the special of the day, grilled lamb neck fillet with honey and sumac, accompanied by roasted mushroom and artichoke.
All of the dishes were bursting with flavour and a great combination, however my favourites were definitely the lamb special and the aubergine salad. The lamb packed a punch of flavour combinations that were perfectly balanced, whilst the sesame coated aubergines were a new taste that paired excellently with the softness of the goats’ cheese and salad.
Satisfied by our delicious dinner, we couldn’t resist having a look at the dessert menu and selecting the two we found most intriguing to sample! There is always room for a pudding!
These were a parfait of halva & roasted almonds with date syrup and raw tahini drizzle (right ) and a flourless chocolate mousse cake & halva ripple with a salted sesame cracker (left). Both of which are also gluten free!
Although both were tasty, the chocolate mousse cake was my favourite and I loved the salted sesame cracker’s savouriness against the richness of the cake.
If you are looking for a new restaurant, tucked on a nice quiet street away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, then I cannot recommend Delamina enough! Perfect for a catch up lunch or dinner with friends and romantic enough for a date, it really is a great spot to expand your Eastern Mediterranean tastes.
Nearest Tube: Bond Street/Oxford Circus
Date: March 2018