Last night, I had an appointment in Shoreditch, so figured it would be fun to stick around and have dinner nearby… since we almost never make it over there otherwise. I booked Brawn on Columbia Road, a restaurant that I had been wanting to go to for years, and just never made it to… and was SO excited that tonight was the night!
And wow, did it meet expectations. We started with two appetisers, the radishes with smoked cod’s roe (basically, taramasalata), the dip which was creamy and briny and very good…
As a main, Andre got the pappardellle with beef shin ragu. I had a bit and it was quite good, as you could really taste the meat well over the freshly-made pasta.I went for the pink fur potato ravioli, stuffed with cheese and topped with another cheese (melted taleggio) that was delicious… and scattered with chanterelle mushrooms. So, the mushrooms were fine, but I didn’t find that they had tons of taste (more texture, really), but tasted very good with the ravioli and grated cheese on top!
The cheese inside the ravioli may have also been taleggio, but didn’t taste of very much, whereas the taleggio on top was dreamy… seriously, taking a bite of the ravioli with and without the taleggio topping were like tasting two different dishes!
After this, we shared the chocolate, olive oil and salt, which was just that, a chocolate mousse topped with a little olive oil (very strong and a nice complement to the chocolate, giving it a different aftertaste) and salt on the top… a simple but genius combination!
So, after all these years, what did I think? I’ll be back in a heartbeat, especially with all of the good-looking dishes that were coming out of the kitchen and that we hadn’t gotten to try yet!