83 Hanover Street
The return to my hometown had been a long time coming but it was soon upon me. I embraced my former routine with a short exploration of the Lucky Liquor Co menu to work up an appetite for dinner.
With palate suitably livened, I headed to give 83 Hanover Street a look. I was joined in this enterprise by pal Euan.
83 opened just as I was leaving on travels so was keen to visit it to see how it was getting on. Owner Juan Jose Castillo Castro and I had exchanged a few messages during my travels not least because we have both been in Chile recently. He was freshly returned from a trip to his homeland where he’d been fired with fresh enthusiasm for dishes to add to the menu.
The place was abuzz when we arrived so we were fortunate to grab a couple of seats at the bar. We sipped pisco sours and let Juan bring us a selection of small plates.
These started with traditional Chilean sopaipillas served with pebre, a spiced onion dish. These were joyful little snacks.
There was also some very good calamari with was accurately cooked and packed bright zing.
New on the menu are first-rate pork collar croquetas served with an excellent apple sauce. These were splendid and a compelling eat.
We rounded things out with some of their seabass ceviche served with the traditional tiger’s milk sauce. Again, this was fresh, bright and oh so tasty.
83 Hanover Street has attracted some very high praise from reviewers in its first few months of opening and it’s easy to see why. It offers a really high quality dining experience with dishes of class and elegance. It’s so handily located for many of the bars I frequent, I can see it becoming a very regular stop off when snackage is required to fuel an evening out. I look forward to seeing you there.
We ate: sopaipillas and pebre, ceviche, croquetas, calamari
We drank: pisco, white wine, water
We wore: welcome home banners and sashes
Total bill: £53