Sagardi is a restaurant which prides itself on offering authentic Basque region cuisine. A little competition for Eneko over in Aldwych maybe? Well let’s see. Whilst I have been to Eneko, I still consider myself to be a novice when it comes to this cuisine, so my take on it will not be technical, it will be just basic enjoyment of the food, service and atmosphere.
It has a big space to fill on Curtain Road, which is seeing a bit of a regeneration with buildings being refurbished at the south end which is also not very busy. Their only neighbours are Flat Iron and Far Rockaway. People tend to congregate at the Old Street end (north) because of 333, Hache, Blues Kitchen, The Diner, Huonng and Brindisa to name a few, but I like the tempo of the south part. Sagardi has a butchers shop and offers tapas at the bar, but you can take a seat in the restaurant to really delve deep into Basque food wonders.
The menu sits well with me, with its rich flavours and also a good selection of seafood. Whilst the food is perfection on a plate and not cheap, the style of service is not stuffy at all. We started with oysters as it would have been rude not to. There was also some red tuna tartare. There was also a pate of sorts. Yep, we over did it a bit on the starters, but wait, we also continued to pile up on the food. There were some little baby chorizo sausages. For what was essentially our main, we went for the most gorgeous baby stuffed squid in a black sauce, which is apparently typical of ‘grandma’s’ cooking. For dessert we went for a cheese platter. All of the food was tasty and would say perhaps a little more approachable than Eneko. It is more rural and raw, so definitely my cup of tea for a more general dining experience. I guess Eneko, with its michelin star connection, is that one-off special place for an anniversary or birthday. Sagardi however, is the Basque stop for all occasions.
95 Curtain Road