Camino, Canary Wharf ***

If you adore Spanish tapas, your meat chargrilled and you work in Canary Wharf, Camino Puerto del Canario is the place for you.

Pulpo a la parrilla @Camino Canary Wharf

Pulpo a la parrilla - Grilled octopus tentacle with olive oil mash and paprika @Camino Canary Wharf

Following on from the success of Camino King’s Cross, Camino Canary Wharf opened this August. Camino Puerto del Canario is located on the South side of Canary Wharf along a promenade directly overlooking the Thames. A bit of the King’s Cross rough and ready vibe has been injected into this new Camino. A low brick wall attached to dark metal fencing separates the dining area from the bar. The industrial fittings are offset by beautiful Andalusian tiles dispersed amongst the floor boards and wooden studded designer chairs that I wanted to steal for my flat. The funky laid back bar area is decked with different shades of reclaimed timber and bright red metal ceiling shades.
Parrillada mixta @Camino Canary Wharf

Parrillada mixta @Camino Canary Wharf

Having taken our seats, the four of us rambled through the extensive menu. The Spanish wine list had something for everyone’s pocket with red wines ranging from £14 to £54. We decided on the Petalos, Descendientes de Palacios 2007/08 (Mencia/Bierzo) (£30) which turned out to be phenomenal. We ordered a mixture of tapas dishes and a Parrilada mixta grilled meat platter to share. We also asked our waiter for a recommendation and he suggested the arroz con calamares, sepia ink rice with squid.

It did not seem like very long before the food started appearing. The grilled octopus looked fantastic and tasted equally as good. The waiter’s suggestion of the sepia ink rice with squid (not battered) was perfectly seasoned and ended up being the darling dish of the evening. The mixed grill platter was ginormous and was enough to feed three hungry carnivores. The best bits were the succulent rib-eye steak, Iberico black pig shoulder blade, and the spicy Spanish black pudding. There was nothing to fault on this meat feast except that I would’ve dropped the accompanying blue cheese sauce. Who wants to a lovely piece of tender steak coated in blue cheese? It’s sacrilege! Moving onto the vegetarian tapas, we were all wowed by txigorki, Basque style bread encrusted with sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, peppers and gratinated goats cheese.

Andalusian tiles @Camino Canary Wharf

Andalusian tiles @Camino Canary Wharf

Moving out of superlative territory, Chipirones A La Andaluza a posh name for deep fried squid with aioli was fine if you like that sort of thing. Sarten de patatas a lo pobre or poor man’s potato skillet was a decent enough vegetarian dish served with green peppers and eggs, which was more of a side to other more exceptional dishes. The only dish that we were not impressed by was the tortilla which everyone felt was on the bland side.

By this point we were all stuffed silly, but I was adamant on trying the Crema Catalana, and convinced everyone that we should share dessert. The Crema Catalana was wonderfully creamy and caramel flavoured and would have won us over had it not been infused with orange zest.

The bill came to £34 per person which included 2 bottles of wine between four people and a tip. I visited Camino in the second week of its soft launch when they invited guests “to help smooth out” any hiccups. Considering it was only the second week of opening, we were all really impressed by our friendly professional waiter, the efficiency of the kitchen, the amazing Spanish wine and almost all of the food. Looking forward to going back soon.

Read the Camino King’s Cross review here.
Read the interview EE did with Camino owner Richard Bigg here.

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