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 Street. Their strip of hospitality is stylishly appointed although and would really feel extra at dwelling in Hockley. In reality its gentle minimalist model 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 site visitors from the very busy junction made it a loud expertise. While I’m with reference to excessive decibels Sans Patrie additionally place themselves as a spot to simply have a drink and supply a number of dwell music if thats your type of factor. On drinks there was a stable 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 beneath 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 masking (V) and (VE) effectively 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 searching for all issues plant-based. A flatbread (£9) was first to reach and had a beautiful char from the pizza oven. A fairly easy set of toppings with purple pepper dominating however a mixture of dried and recent herbs additionally purchased it to life which was a fantastic contact alongside the superb base. Spiced cauliflower croquettes (£6.50) weren’t croquettes in any respect, they have been cooked as complete florets but when something that may very well be an enchancment retaining extra of that earthy nutty notes. The mixture with tahini is all the time an excellent pairing and labored effectively right here too.

Our subsequent two dishes have been a bit extra muted for me. Chickpea stew (£6) and vegetable tagine had very comparable tomato based mostly sauces. While they have been nice they didnt have a depth of flavour that instructed they’d been effervescent away for hours like the most effective examples of their type. I additionally couldn’t detect any North African affect within the tagine which is one thing I anticipate from that dish. I’ll forgive asparagus being on a menu after the English season is over if it was pretty much as good as this. Mixed with chimichurri and dukka you may assume, 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 attempt as considered one of my favorite tapas dishes. You may’t do a lot unsuitable with this one in lots of respects and I’m happy to say they have been effectively grilled with punchy garlic and chilli oil. It might solely be improved by totally 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) have been nearly 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 beautiful wealthy texture.

Sweetcorn Fritters

There was a beforehand not a dessert choice however they’ve began stocking Beeston Brownies which you will get with a scoop of ice cream. I believed I might give it a go. It was fairly fulfilling 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 stable…you wanted some muscle groups to get a spoon by this brownie! It might 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 many of the providing. There have been some easy classics just like the gambas but in addition some ingenious new thrives just like the asparagus dishes. Everyone knows there may be plenty 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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