Arriving on a blustery September evening, my father and I descend the stairs into a mysterious cove in the West End. I was immediately struck by the décor of bold brass, bespoke wooden tables, stone walls, candles and carefully chosen foliage which all assisted in creating a relaxed and inviting setting.
Eneko is named after the chef Eneko Atxa who currently holds three-Michelin stars for his restaurant Azurmendi near Bilbao which is impressively ranked number 43 in the World’s top 50 Restaurants. His London offering is said to be more of a laid back style with an emphasis on celebrating dishes from the Basque region.
All wines on the menu are Spanish and we opted to try a white wine, Gorka Izagirre 2017, which comes from Eneko’s very own family winery in Bilbao. It was not only a refreshing wine to start but also complimented our meal nicely too.
Eneko is a restaurant perfect for sharing which is definitely my style as I love to try as much as I can over the course of an evening. To begin with we chose the beautifully presented marinated red mullet and the melt in your mouth suckling pig tempura balls.
The tempura were filled with slow cooked pork shoulder and came with a moreish bacon sauce. Both dishes were excellent choices to whet our appetites for what came next.
For mains we ordered meaty chunks of hake in tempura with a red pepper sauce and parsley emulsion followed by the braised pork cheeks in a mushroom emulsion served in a box with a wooden pig’s head.
This was accompanied by sides of grilled tenderstem broccoli and the piperrak, gernika peppers.
It was hard to show restraint and not gobble down every morsel in a matter of seconds, in particular the excellent braised pork cheeks.
Dessert was a difficult choice, there were six on the menu and they all sounded intriguing. We decided on an impressive looking Alaska cake with vanilla ice cream, rhubarb and Italian meringue and the Torrija; Basque vanilla sponge and caramel crumble ice cream.
Both good but the vanilla sponge cake was so moist and delicate, it was a brilliant pudding choice accompanied by a fantastically sweet ice cream.
With its great location in Covent Garden it is worth noting that Eneko is offers a pre-theatre dinner; a very reasonable 2-course and side dish for £22 or 3 courses for £27. I also wanted to share an exciting event I’ve seen advertised that takes place on Thursday 4th October 2018 and is being hosted with Chef Eneko himself, link here
It was an enjoyable evening at Eneko and I look forward to returning and sampling more on the menu in particular the rack of lamb or hand dived scallops, both cooked over a Josper Chacoal Oven.
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