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Restaurants & Bars

Armadillo - Broadway Market,(Hackney) London

magnolia | Sep 21, 200101:02 PM     2

I ate at Armadillo last weekend - and it was fantasticl. I would call it "Mexi-Lat Am fusion" food, so I'm not sure how 'authentic' it is, but the food was fresh, delicious, generous, nicely presented and easy on the wallet. Even though there are only a few dishes in each 'category' (starters, mains, puds) it was still tough to decide what to have.

I started with a salad of 'maize', beetroot and something else I can't recall because I just lied - I actually started with a very potent Capirinha - others had Pisco sours. Someone else started with butternut squash with pickled walnuts & goat cheese, which was fantastic. Yet another had roast tomatoes and "palmitos" (hearts of palm) which was nice but a bit boring for my taste given the choices.

For my main, I had chicken mole - mainly because I've never had it and have always been curious. I'm not a huge chicken fan but this was fantastic, came with spicy mashed potatoes that weren't exactly mashed but had been put through a ricer. One friend had the sirloin Churrasco in chimmichurri (sauce) which was juicy and spiced just enough with - and another had tuna on a bed of linguica (sausage). Someone else had the seafood stew with coconut. I can only rave about the mains.

We also had a bottle of Albarino which went down nicely, thank you very much...and for dessert we shared mayan chocolate ice cream (which I wish they would package and sell in shops) and a cornmeal cake with a meringue toppoing.

The restaurant is tiny and cozy but not uncomfortable. Service is just right - attentive but not hovering. The place was full, everyone had a booking, and nobody was asked to leave to make room for the next party - I guess they got their timing just right.

I think the whole bill for four people came to about £40 a person, not cheap cheap, but a steal for the quality and quantity of food we had - four drinks, three starters, four mains, two puddings, one bottle of wine and bottle of water.

I've just gone to their website to check the address, and it looks like they have already changed their menu - honestly, I can't wait to go back again. The only issue is that it is a bit of a hike. That said, it's in one of those just-came-up neighbourhoods and if I'd gotten there a bit earlier, I would like ot have had a good look around.

A dios!

41 Broadway Market, in E8 (phone: 020 7249 3633) Bethnal Green tube or Rail /London Fields rail/26, 48, 55, 106, 236 bus. Open Tue-Sat 6.30-10.30pm.

Link: http://armadillorestaurant.co.uk

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