For our 11 month anniversary we popped out to Caldo Bar and Kitchen in Queen’s Park for a nice dinner. If you’ve read my other posts, you’ll know I have a love/hate relationship with tapas and tiny plates. I love tapas but I hate their exorbitant English prices.
Caldo is somewhere we had been considering going for a while but it’s not what I expected on the inside. I figured it would be dark and small, quiet, romantic and very Spanish. But it was quite spacious inside and they were showing the football on large screens, I guess that is pretty Spanish. Our waiter was an older English man who acted like he had basically lost all enthusiasm for life.
Though I did enjoy their whimsy with the gin descriptions.
When it came time to order, I was quite taken with the vegetarian tapas over everything else on the menu. We ordered mushroom croquetas, the goats cheese fritters and patatas bravas, of course.
My apologies for the lighting in these photos. When you are out to a romantic meal, it doesn’t do to bring along your tripod and lighting equipment. You understand, of course. The mushroom croquetas were creamy and delicious and so good that we ordered another round. The goat cheese filling on the fritters was just the right amount of decadent and paired beautifully, as always, with the drizzled honey. I really need to try this combination myself at home.
I didn’t love the patatas bravas because it just came with a tomato sauce and not also the aioli accompaniment that I prefer. Check me out, the mayonnaise aficionado. I’ll be kicked out of the food bloggers club.
Onto the showstopper of the night, the seafood gratin with scallops and shrimp in a brandy and saffron sauce. To say this was delicious would be a shocking understatement. It was practically pure butter and sex appeal. Meow!
If you’re in the area, Caldo Bar and Kitchen is well worth a visit. It ain’t cheap but then what is these days?
Find them at:
76 Salusbury Road,
London NW6 6NH