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Moving into the space vacated by The Typing Room (which itself replaced Viajante), chef Paulo Airaudo (of San Sebastian's Amelia and The Fat Duck) is opening a “relaxed fine dining” restaurant and a bar; the cuisine takes influences from Latin America and Italy.
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“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.
Da Terra, Town Hall Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It was a pleasure to continue my support to the hospitality industry when yesterday I returned once more to Da Terra in Bethnal Green. This I'm glad to say was my fifth time here and although as we know things are a little different at the moment it was just as memorable as our previous visits. We arrived on saturday and received the usual great welcome from Chef Rafael , Manager Charlie and the rest of the team. We then sanitized our hands before being escorted to our usual table. All the staff were wearing face masks and this time the menu's were already placed on the tables along with the wine list. There was plenty of space between the tables allowing the staff to be able to move around freely. They are also fortunate not to have lost many covers during these changes and are now also looking forward to opening for more days other than just the weekend as they do now. It was nice to start off with a complimentary glass of the Rathfinny Rose Sparkling Wine as we decided to choose as always the long Tasting Menu. We then spoke to the sommelier Alvin who recommended a fabulous french rose wine to compliment the majority of the menu. It was a Chateau Hermitage Saint=Martin Ensor 2018 which pale in colour but delightfully fruity and indeed was an excellent choice. We then started with an Amuse Bouche which was based on the Brazilian Caprinha cocktail a mixture of cachaca , sugar & lime. This was followed by some delicious snacks. This led us onto our first course the amazing Scallop , Fennel & Granny Smith which had been slightly altered in it's presentation and I believe added more flavour to the dish. Our second course the Stracciatella , Tomato Panzanella & Basil had also been changed slightly and once again the result was another flavour success. Next to come was the Chicken which really is heavenly. We was then in for a nice surprise with the next course as the Sourdough Bread had been personalised with our name engraved on top. This was accompanied the bone marrow and a selection of three choices of butter. We then moved on to a new dish which was based on a Moqueca a Brazilian Fish Stew. The Wild Halibut with the addition of a choice of chillies was absolutely fantastic. This was followed by the Duck Tortellini which we first sampled on our last visit but has now been transformed into fabulous dish. Now it was on to the main course which instead of beef was now New Forest Pork , Black Beans , Farofa & Herb Bouquet which personally I thought was a better combination. This led us onto the Cheese course named Romeo & Juliette featuring Goats Cheese topped with a Guave Gel. Now it's dessert time which started off first with the pre dessert. This was Cachaca Ice Cream with Oscietra & Mole and delightful it was to. This led to the main dessert of Sorrel , Ollo's Strawberries & Condensed Milk which was delicious and we also loved the cow placed on top. We finished with coffee , petit fours and a digestive from the drinks trolley to bring to end another memorable dining experience at Da Terra. The food created by Rafael really is taking on more of his Brazilian influences as the restaurant moves from strength to strength. I really would highly recommend a visit here so you can taste for yourself the amazing flavours in their food. It was then nice to have a chat with Rafael & Charlie and say thank you to them and their team before heading home. "
" This was our fourth visit to Da Terra and based on the food and service we received on saturday it has to rate as our best. Since gaining the honour of holding a Michelin Star you can clearly see how they are now pushing the boundaries with the food to an even higher level. Just in case you haven't been yet and you really must the restaurant is situated in the Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel and just a very short walk from Bethnal Green Tube Station. As you enter the hotel you will find the restaurant on your immediate left with the cocktail bar on the right. We arrived on saturday and were welcomed back by Chef Rafael and a couple of members of the team before enjoying a pre lunch cocktail in the bar. We then crossed the hallway and entered the restaurant where we received a delightful welcome before being escorted to what I can now say is our regular table. Once seated we noticed that that back part of the restaurant had a little make over where the round table theme has continued. Then it was nice of Rafael to come over for a quick chat and also reveal he had a couple of surprises in store for us. We then made our Tasting Menu choice by opting for our usual eleven course. The other menu is the shorter eight course. It was then nice of Manager Charlie to start us off with a complimentary glass of Rathfinny 2015 Blanc de Noirs from Sussex to enjoy with the snacks. Now it was time begin with the fabulous Scallop / Fennel / Granny Smith which had been given a little twist with the addition of coconut which we thought really enhanced the flavour of the dish. This was followed by the amazing Stracciatella / Panzanella / Basil which on this occasion was served in a bowl and we believed added a lot more flavour. It really is surprising that just by changing the plate or bowl a dish is served in how much the flavour of the food can change. Next to come was our first surprise as we were given the privilege of taste testing a New dish. It was the Mussel / Trout Roe / Elderflower and I can can honestly say it was amazing so therefore passed the test with flying colours. This was followed by The Chicken which had the addition of truffle that once again added to the fantastic flavour that already existed in this dish. We now moved onto the bread course of Sourdough / Bone Marrow / Cultered Butter and the new addition of an Olive Oil spread. This led us to our next surprise and another New dish we had the privilege to try. The Tortellini / Duck / Wild Garlic with the addition of some Duck Charcuterie really was a taste sensation so yes another success. Now we moved onto a fabulous Wild Halibut / Hispi Sauerkraut / Bagna Cauda before it was time for the main course. This was the New Forest Pork / Black Beans / Farofa / Herb Bouquet which is an absolute stunning dish. All these dishes were matched with a delightful Portuguese Aphros Loureiro 2018 Vinho Verde. Next to come is the cheese course which is titled Romeo & Juliette a mixture of a light Goat's Cheese with a Guava Gel. This led us onto the pre dessert of Zacapa Rum Ice Cream / Oscietra / Mole. Now it was finally time to finish with the fantastic dessert of Sorrel / Pistachio / Acetaia San Giacomo 40 year old Balsamic. This led us to finish with coffee and Petit Fours to truly round of a fantastic afternoon culinary extravaganza. This really was a fantastic dining experience where the flavour of each dish whether old or new was sensational. If you've yet to visit Da Terra then you really are missing out on something special. The Latin American food with an Italian twist is to die for. I'd like to the Rafael and his team for the amazing food and to Charlie and his team for the fabulous service. I really would highly recommend a visit and I'm already making plane for my next trip to this amazing restaurant"
|Wine per bottle||£26.00|
8 Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|