Posted on Monday, 20th February 2017
REMEDY WINE BAR AND KITCHEN
The Remedy Wine Bar and Kitchen in Fitzrovia is a cosy, intimate collaboration between David Clawson and Renato Catgiu. The pair met while working together at Terroirs, a Covent Garden restaurant and wine bar which, as most foodies will know, is regarded as having pioneered the “natural” (organic and/or biodynamic) wine movement in London. At Remedy, the team have lovingly curated a list of some 100 natural, low intervention wines from both classic vintages and maverick producers from around the world, and all sold at reasonable prices.
The menu at Remedy is an all-day one, ranging from breakfast to dinner. The morning offering consists of coffees from Climpson & Sons, juices, pastries, breads and such like. For lunch there are tasty sounding sandwiches and reasonably priced mains. The evening menu at Remedy is more comprehensive and included a range of snacks and sharing boards with cured meats from the Ham & Cheese Co and cheeses from Androuet. There were also oysters, seasonal small plates and a delicious sounding array of sausages.
We began our meal with a rabbit terrine with crostini (£5) which was absolutely delicious. The terrine was tasty, moist and well-seasoned, with just the right of amount of fat for flavour. Yet at the same time, it wasn’t overly fatty which terrines can sometimes be. This terrine was pure flavour and a true joy to eat. This was some heartfelt cooking at its best.
Duck hearts with grilled polenta, grey chanterelle and salsify (£8) was also really enjoyable. The duck hearts had been nicely cooked. They had a perky flavour and firm texture to them, and the hearts paired swimmingly well with the creamy polenta and the caramelised salsify. Again another satisfying plate of food.
A plate of grilled octopus came with some preserved tomatoes, samphire and black olives (£11). The octopus was very tender and had been slightly charred for greater flavour. The preserved tomatoes were a nice touch, providing some acidity and sweetness to the dish, and the samphire added an element of seaworthiness to the dish as well as texture and bite.
We tried some grilled sausages next (all £10), the first of which was the Toulouse with gem lettuce, vinaigrette and dukkah. These were excellent, with a robust meaty flavour and the right balance of fat, allowing the quality of the sausage to shine through. The pairing of the gem lettuce with the Toulouse also proved to be an excellent choice. The lettuce was crunchy and fresh, and with a touch of acidity and spice, they added a nice refreshing twist to contrast against the depth of the Toulouse sausages.
Next we tried the Italian Homemade with butter beans, tomatoes and red onions. These had a hint of spiciness to them and were also of very good quality. The accompanying butter beans were also really tasty, and had been made vibrant with the use of fresh tomatoes and red onions.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food at The Remedy Wine Bar and Kitchen. There was a heartfelt, caring touch that resonated throughout the cooking, and an earthiness and provenance that sang from the ingredients. It was all rustic stuff, simple, yet assured, the kind of comfort cooking that you could easily enjoy. And it wasn’t just the food. Remedy the venue was a nice little outfit, cozy, intimate and unpretentious, the kind that is a favourite among the locals. Prices awere reasonable, the service was reassuring and I would happily go back again to Remedy again.
1) All the food was really good and it was very difficult to pick a favourite dish. But if I had to pick one, it would probably be the rabbit terrine.
1) I can’t really think of one.
Food rating: 4/5
Service rating: 3.5/5
Prices: About £30 a head for dinner, excludes drinks and service.