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Chef Rafael Cagali’s “take on Brazilian food with a fresh and fine-dining perspective is absolutely sublime” – one of London’s most culinarily exciting – at this East End three-year-old: the worthy successor on this site in Bethnal Green’s old Town Hall that’s also housed The Typing Room and Viajante. The setting is “characterful”, “the open kitchen gives you a great view of the kitchen” and it’s “brilliant to be served by the chefs” (“allowing you to really understand the restaurants’ focus and philosophy”). “What other Michelin place allows you to add your own chillies to a fish curry so you spice it to your liking? Bread is a course in its own right: a large lump of roasted bone marrow with three different butters that you could just live off and be happy. A short but interesting beer list means you can keep costs down if you don’t fancy wine”.
“A very fine effort by Brazilian chefs with a good team. I hope they succeed!” Paulo Airaudo and Rafael Cagali’s ambitious East End yearling is the latest inhabitant of this space in Bethnal Green’s former town hall (which has, over the years, housed Lee Westcott’s The Typing Room and Nuno Mendes’s Viajante) where a series of wizard small plates (from either an eight-course or eleven-course menu) are delivered, often by the chefs themselves, from the open kitchen. It’s yet to generate a huge depth of feedback, but in terms of dazzling ratings it’s scored as one of the more interesting arrivals this year; and a very worthy successor to its brilliant predecessors on this site.
“A very fine effort by Brazilian chefs with a good team. I hope they succeed!” Paulo Airaudo and Rafael Cagali’s ambitious East End newcomer is the latest inhabitant of this space in Bethnal Green’s former town hall (which has, over the years, housed Lee Westcott’s The Typing Room and Nuno Mendes’s Viajante) where a series of wizard small plates (from either an eight-course or eleven-course menu) are delivered, often by the chefs themselves, from the open kitchen. It’s yet to generate a huge depth of feedback, but in terms of dazzling ratings it’s scored as one of the more interesting arrivals this year; and a very worthy successor to its brilliant predecessors on this site.
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Da Terra, Town Hall Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"There could not have been a much better way to get my 2022 Michelin Star year up and running than with an absolutely fabulous lunch at Da Terra. The food with some new dishes and redesigned old ones was amazing , the wine pairings from sommelier Maria were perfect and the service was impeccable as always. We’ve had the pleasure of visiting this restaurant from the beginning three years ago through to the two michelin stars they have now but I would have to say that this visit just about tops them all. On saturday we arrived at Bethnal Green station and took the short walk to the town hall where you will find Da Terra. A warm welcome awaited from Jasmin before she escorted us to our now customary Table 10. Once seated over came manager Charlie for a nice chat and to offer us a complimentary glass of bubbles to welcome us back. Now to the menu where there is a choice of three tasting menu’s to which we opted for the long ten course. We started things of with the fabulous and refreshing amuse bouche called the Caipirinha based on the brazilian cocktail. This led us to a selection of snacks that were simply delicious. A Cod Croquette , Beef Tacos , Taleggio Doughnut and a fabulous New Scallop Cup. Before we moved onto our first course it was time to select some wine to pair with the menu and I have to say that sommelier Maria came up with an absolute beauty. The Robert Sinskey 2016 Pinot Noir from the Napa Valley in California was light and fruity and just a sublime pairing. So now to start the menu of we enjoyed a stunning Arctic Char with houghton springs , courgette & tucupi. This was followed by the Custard with mussel , sake kasu , trout roe , seaweed and accompanied with sea lettuce crackers that was easily one of the best dishes I’ve eaten at Da Terra. Next to arrive was the famous Chicken which had been revamped and personally I thought it was the best version to date. It came with wings , liver , feet , egg yolk & onion. Now it was time for the Bread course featuring sourdough along with bone marrow and three types of butter. This led us to the Moqueca a fantastic brazilian fish stew with wild turbot , palm heart & farofa and accompanied with chillies to just add a little heat to the dish. We now moved to the meat dishes which started with the fabulous Raviolo of duck , whey , watercress and smoked duck charcuterie. Then it was time for the Hereford Short Rib with crosnes , cassava , chimichurri and heavenly veal sweetbread salad. These were just another two superlative dishes to add to what we’d enjoyed throughout our lunch. Next to arrive was the cheese course called Romeo and Juliette with a goat’s cheese topped with a guava gel and a fennel cracker. This led us to the Baba with cahaca , pistachio and kaluga before finishing with the dessert of Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb with coconut and twenty five year old balsamic. I have to say the addition of coconut really enhanced this dessert to the next level. We finished with coffee , petit fours and a digestive from their drinks trolley to bring to end another outstanding visit to Da Terra. The food under the inspiration of Rafael , Mark and all the team with the combination of new and revamped dishes was simply stunning. The wine pairings from sommelier Maria were a absolute delight and the service led by manager Charlie was first class. A visit to this restaurant really is a must especially with it’s brazilian influence that your unlikely to experience anywhere else. I really can’t wait to plan my next visit. Thank You Rafael , Charlie , Mark , Maria and all the team for a truly fabulous dining experience and look forward to seeing you all again soon."
"What a wonderful experience we had at Da Terra. Wonderfully flavoured food and interesting food, delightful service in very calm and pleasant surroundings. Altogether a delightful experience."
"This was a memorable and thought provoking 5 hour extravaganza that merits comparison with some of my greatest dinners, such as at The Fat Duck, though having recently eaten a quite similar meal at Aulis London, my group concluded that Rafael's team did not quite match that experience. Presentation was consistently gorgeous, with a charming and compelling degree of theatre. Some of the dishes were exquisite, perhaps at their best when drawing on Brazilian influences (more please!). However there were too many moments when the flavours didn't quite match up to the visuals and concepts, and with the price point now so high I can't really say it exceeds expectations. "
"Perfection with a twist The presentation is exceptional, but the thing that takes this restaurant to another level is the flavour variety and combinations. The staff are superb at their craft and the food is sensational not only in presentation, but equally the flavours are superb! The venue itself is in a very different building, an old town hall, and the walk to the toilets (beautifully clean) is a walk through history with superb renovations. I won’t list the foods as it changes every time. An experience not to miss. "
"Superb food in an iconic location. Well drilled staff and a great menu"
"This was our sixth visit to Da Terra and if I’m honest it was our best experience yet. The food has been taken to a whole new level. The title of some of the dishes may sound the same but they have been redesigned to bring out even more flavours in the food and along with the new style of presentation they were a winner all round. When you put these together with the new dishes there was only going to be one outcome which was a stunning afternoon dining experience. We arrived on saturday and given a lovely welcome before manager Charlie came out to say hello and have a quick chat. We were then escorted to what I think we can now say is our usual Table 10. Once comfortable we received a complimentary glass of Rathfinny Estate Sparkling Rose to start the preceding’s. At this time is was nice of chef patron Rafael to come over and say hello and talk about the few changes they had to make during this hard times that the hospitality industry has been facing. You could see there was some new chefs in the kitchen and the addition of Maria & Jasmin in the front of house team are going to be a great addition to the restaurant. Regarding the menu we opted to choose the eleven course tasting menu. There is also a choice of the smaller tasting menu. It was then time to meet sommelier Alvin who recommended a fabulous Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado 2019 from the Douro region in Portugal. The easiest way to describe this wine is to say that it’s the next level up from a Vinho Verde and definitely a great food wine. Now it’s time to move on to the menu itself which started with a refreshing Caipirinha which is based on a brazilian cocktail made with cahaca , sugar & lime. This was followed by some amazing snacks which consisted of Cod Croquettes , Beef Tacos , Buckwheat Cup & Mushroom Doughnuts. They were all absolutely delicious. Now we could move onto the first course Scallop with fennel & granny smith apple. With the new style of presentation it seemed to bring out even more flavour in the dish and really is a delightful way to begin. This was followed by the new Caprese salad with datterini , basil , stracciatella & black olive. This dish was just beautiful. This led us to The Chicken which was without doubt the best version so far. It is Chicken Wings , liver , feet , egg yolk & onion. Our next course was the Sourdough accompanied by bone marrow , cultured butter & olive oil. This was followed by a truly delightful dish the Moqueca a brazilian fish stew. This was wild halibut with palm heart & farafa. What was to follow were two new and amazing meat courses. The first was my dish of the day a stunning Raviolo with duck whey & watercress. This was accompanied by slices of Duck Charcuterie to enhance the dish to an even higher level. Secondly was a fabulous Suffolk Lamb featuring the saddle , kale & cassava. This came with some heavenly Lamb sweetbreads. We then moved to the cheese course Romeo & Juliette featuring two types on goat’s cheese topped with a guava gel with fennel crackers. This was followed by the Baba with cahaca , pistachio & royal beluski caviar. Now we finally reached the delightful dessert Strawberry which was gariguette strawberries , sheep’s yoghurt & 40 year old balsamic. We finished with tea , coffee , digestifs and some fabulous petit fours to bring to an end a truly memorable dining experience. The food created by chef Rafael and his team is absolutely stunning. The service led by manager Charlie , Maria & Jasmin is as friendly and professional as it could be. Also thanks to sommelier Alvin for some excellent choices of wines that paired perfectly with each course. A visit to DaTerra really should be placed very high on your dining list and personally I’m already looking forward to returning as soon as possible. Thank You Rafael , Charlie , Maria , Jasmin , Alvin for a fantastic lunch and looking forward to seeing you all again soon"
|Wine per bottle||£50.00|
8 Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
|Wednesday||6 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm|