Saturday lunch, pasta and focaccia

It was back to Cuba Street again on Saturday for yet more Wellington on a Plate treats.  Cuba Street is full of cafes, restaurants, second hand clothes shops and other interesting shops such as Minerva, a book shop dedicated to sewing and crafts.  It’s also one of those streets where you should also look up, as hopefully you can see from the pictures below.

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This time I went to Scopa, a place I have eaten lunch in a few times before and have always enjoyed.  To start with I had the “white anchovies with melted Cuba Fruit Mart leeks, Scopa preserved lemon, toasted pine nut and herb salad on grilled house focaccia”, which proved to be a good combination of citrus and fish on rosemary focaccia.  In case you are wondering, white anchovies are different from the sort of anchovies you get on pizzas: same type of fish but processed in a different way, marinated in vinegar and then preserved in oil.  They have a much more delicate flavour than the other ones. My friend had rather rich the duck liver parfait which you can just see at the background below.

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For the main course, we both had “housemade tagliatelle with Scopa speck, chilli, confit garlic, charred brussel sprouts and Kingsmeade Wairarapa Jack cheese”.  It was a huge plateful of good flavours, the cheese in particular adding a lot to the dish.  I was a bit uncertain about brussel sprouts with pasta, but these were good and definitely not boiled-to-extinction, but grilled and full of flavour.  To drink, I had a glass of Paddy Borthwick Pinot Gris 2013, which went well with both dishes.

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Wellington on a Plate finished yesterday (31st August), and I’m glad I at least managed to eat at three of the featured places this year.  As to my favourite of the three – difficult one, but the pies and beer were excellent.  I enjoyed the sardines as I had been craving them, and really liked the starter in Scopa, so all in all a good three eating experiences.

 

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