Sans Patrie – Tapas – Nottingham

The very first thing you learn on Sans Patrie’s web site is “Tucked away” and that’s actually a good evaluation of this spot in no-mans-land between Alftreton and Ilkeston Highway. Their strip of hospitality is stylishly appointed although and would really feel extra at residence in Hockley. In reality its gentle minimalist type jogged my memory of Mesa, one other of Nottingham’s new eating places . One small challenge on a heat July night was opening the door to present some air is a good suggestion however the visitors from the very busy junction made it a loud expertise. While I’m with regards to excessive decibels Sans Patrie additionally place themselves as a spot to simply have a drink and supply a number of stay music if thats your kind of factor. On drinks there was a strong choice and was good to see Harvest Pale getting a glance in to the beer checklist somewhat than your run of the mill Estrella or Moretti.

Purple Pepper Flatbread

The meals menu was principally an interesting mixture of flatbreads and “Tapas” though unusually Patatas Bravas showing underneath a separate “sides” part when it might (ought to?) be thought of a tapas dish. There was additionally patchy labelling of the meals, the tapas part overlaying (V) and (VE) nicely however others lacking this off altogether. This was significantly related to my night as I used to be eating with a vegan couple. Pleasingly although there have been loads of engaging choices for the these in search of all issues plant-based. A flatbread (£9) was first to reach and had a stunning char from the pizza oven. A fairly easy set of toppings with purple pepper dominating however a mix of dried and recent herbs additionally purchased it to life which was an ideal contact alongside the superb base. Spiced cauliflower croquettes (£6.50) weren’t croquettes in any respect, they had been cooked as entire florets but when something that might be an enchancment retaining extra of that earthy nutty notes. The mix with tahini is at all times a superb pairing and labored nicely right here too.

Our subsequent two dishes had been a bit extra muted for me. Chickpea stew (£6) and vegetable tagine had very comparable tomato based mostly sauces. While they had been nice they didnt have a depth of flavour that advised they’d been effervescent away for hours like the very best examples of their sort. I additionally couldn’t detect any North African affect within the tagine which is one thing I count on from that dish. I’ll forgive asparagus being on a menu after the English season is over if it was nearly as good as this. Mixed with chimichurri and dukka you may suppose, as I initially did, there could be an excessive amount of occurring. It actually labored although, the recent heat and acidity of the South American affect in concord with the spices from the Center East.

Chilli Gambas

My solely departure from the vegan choices was a foray into fish. Argentinian Chilli Gambas (£9.50) sounded actually too good to not strive as one in all my favorite tapas dishes. You possibly can’t do a lot improper with this one in lots of respects and I’m happy to say they had been nicely grilled with punchy garlic and chilli oil. It might solely be improved by completely different plating actually, a wider shallower dish to permit them to take a seat and take in that oil as a lot as doable! Lastly some sweetcorn fritters (£6) had been virtually all sweetcorn somewhat than a lot egg/flour to bind them which did make for a pop of sweetness from all of the kernels. The pairing with some whipped avocado gave extra freshness in addition to a stunning wealthy texture.

Sweetcorn Fritters

There was a beforehand not a dessert choice however they’ve began stocking Beeston Brownies which you may get with a scoop of ice cream. I assumed I might give it a go. It was fairly pleasing from a flavour perspective, I selected a raspberry blondie that got here with raspberry coulis and banana ice cream. The problem was the feel, it was critically strong…you wanted some muscle groups to get a spoon by this brownie! It could have been nice with a cup of tea however didn’t fairly work as a plated dessert for me.

Raspberry Blondie

Having sampled a good array of, and principally vegan, dishes at Sans Patrie I used to be pretty impressed with a lot of the providing. There have been some easy classics just like the gambas but additionally some creative new thrives just like the asparagus dishes. Everyone knows there’s loads of competitors for Tapas in Nottingham however Sans Partrie does have its personal place in that crowded market and I suppose a little bit of a monopoly as this much less trendy finish of town.

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