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Published July 8th 2020
Italian food and drink with heart
I had the pleasure of this week, going to Nido Bar & Pasta, an Italian eatery in Hyde Park which as the name suggests, specialises in pasta dishes, though they also cook other fantastic meals (I have previously tried their lasagne). It is owned by couple Laura (yes, from Masterchef) and Max Sharrad who have done an amazing job creating a restaurant with a classy but chilled atmosphere.
I tried four separate dishes: gnocchi with spiced pork ragu and pecorino, the maccheroni with braised lamb, peppers and chilli, the scorched brussel sprouts with garlic butter and a classic tiramisu. I also had a very tasty raspberry and chamomile bubbly drink for those of you who don't like alcohol. For those of you who do, don't worry there are plenty of alcoholic drinks to choose from.
Anyway back to the food. The pasta dishes (the gnocchi and the maccheroni) were fresh and incredibly tasty; an assault of spices and homemade tomato sauce combined with tender, melt in mouth meats, a dash of pecorino and of course perfectly cooked pasta.
Gnarly gnocchi: Gnocchi with pork ragu and pecorino
The brussel sprouts dish was what really took me by surprise. Soaked in garlic butter and garnished with toasted focaccia bread crumbs for that extra crunch factor, they were an absolute delight. It is worth going to the restaurant to try this dish on its own. High praise I know, but well deserved.
Fancy that: Delicious brussel sprouts doused in garlic butter and served with toasted focaccia crumbs
In spite of all the compliments I have given to the food so far, the dish of the day was the tiramisu. With every bite, this dessert was made by a perfect alliance between chocolate, coffee, and oodles of cream.
Tasty tiramisu: A classic Italian dessert, the tiramisu