Lupins is a new, modern British restaurant that is a stone’s throw away from the achingly trendy eateries of Flat Iron Square.
The fresh interiors are mostly neutrals and whites with added pale pink hues and green plants in white pots, creating a soft and summery look. The whole restaurant has a light, bright and natural feel to it. Textural light wood flooring, exposed brick walls and metal chairs add some contrast and depth to it all.
The concept is (you guessed it right) sharing plates, so we ordered a couple of dishes to sample between Mr. K and I. We ordered a crisp and fresh Snapper Rock Sauvignon Blanc to accompany our meal.
From the snacks section, we ordered the Sumac Spiced Lamb Scrumpet with Pomegranate Mollasses (£5), which was described to us as a croquette with more meat! True to its description, it was meaty and stringy inside and crispy outside. The accompanying sauce was deliciously sweet and piquant and clashed beautifully with the soft crunch of the croquette.
From the menu, the Cornish Crab Thermidor (£9) immediately caught our attention. We were really looking forward to it and it did not disappoint. It was warm and garlicky, with slivers of radish adding a textural element to the dish. The crabmeat was fresh, not too ‘fishy’ and scooped up well with the crusty bread.
Next on the list was the delicate dish of Burrata, English Asparagus, Lardo and Mint Gremolata (£9). The flavours of the velvety smooth, almost slippery burrata were further enhanced by the cooling mint and the lemony textures from the lardo and the asparagus.
From the range of dishes we shared, the Roast Hake with Nduja Risotto and Shaved Coolea (cheese) stood out the most (£9). Although not much of a looker on a plate, it was a soothing, seriously good risotto with hints of chilli and delicate flavours from the fish. It was undoubtedly our favourite dish of the evening.
Not to miss out on their meat, we tried their Pork Belly Flatbread with Pickles and Mint Yoghurt (£11). It was definitely a fun and colourful looking plate, with butch cuts of meat and smoky flatbread. Everything was cooked really well, although I think some of their other dishes were more innovative and exciting.
We were tempted by the decadent Dark Chocolate Mousse (£6) which was served with sesame and caramel. As desserts go, it was a fairly accomplished dish and a good way to end a brilliant meal.
The service was friendly but not overly fawning. The whole experience was so relaxed and friendly, you could easily come here with your friends for a catch up or a casual date.
Lupins uses ingredients that are fresh and seasonal to create refined and exciting dishes. We were thoroughly impressed by the spectrum of dishes we tried that evening and would love to return.
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N.B. All photos used and opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. I review anonymously and pay for my meals. The total cost of this meal was discounted as it was part of the Hot Dinners promotion.