Sans Patrie – Tapas – Nottingham

The very first thing you learn on Sans Patrie’s web site is “Tucked away” and that’s definitely 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 dwelling in Hockley. The truth is its gentle minimalist fashion jogged my memory of Mesa, one other of Nottingham’s new eating places . One small problem 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 as regards to excessive decibels Sans Patrie additionally place themselves as a spot to only have a drink and supply numerous dwell 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 listing moderately than your run of the mill Estrella or Moretti.

Pink Pepper Flatbread

The meals menu was principally an interesting mixture of flatbreads and “Tapas” though unusually Patatas Bravas showing below a separate “sides” part when it may (ought to?) be thought-about 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 notably related to my night as I used to be eating with a vegan couple. Pleasingly although there have been loads of enticing choices for the these on the lookout for 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 crimson pepper dominating however a mixture of dried and contemporary herbs additionally purchased it to life which was an incredible contact alongside the wonderful base. Spiced cauliflower croquettes (£6.50) weren’t croquettes in any respect, they had been cooked as complete florets but when something that could possibly be an enchancment retaining extra of that earthy nutty notes. The mix with tahini is at all times pairing and labored effectively right here too.

Our subsequent two dishes had been a bit extra muted for me. Chickpea stew (£6) and vegetable tagine had very related tomato primarily based sauces. While they had been nice they didnt have a depth of flavour that instructed that they had been effervescent away for hours like the most effective 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 pretty much as good as this. Mixed with chimichurri and dukka you would possibly assume, as I initially did, there could be an excessive amount of happening. It actually labored although, the contemporary 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 may’t do a lot incorrect with this one in lots of respects and I’m happy to say they had been effectively grilled with punchy garlic and chilli oil. It may solely be improved by completely different plating actually, a wider shallower dish to permit them to take a seat and absorb that oil as a lot as doable! Lastly some sweetcorn fritters (£6) had been nearly all sweetcorn moderately 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 further 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 will get with a scoop of ice cream. I believed I’d 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 difficulty was the feel, it was critically strong…you wanted some muscle groups to get a spoon by this brownie! It will 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 in addition some ingenious new thrives just like the asparagus dishes. Everyone knows there’s 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 modern finish of the town.

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