15 Micawber Street, N1 7TB
WLC Rank : 220
Glass from : £ 4.50 (125 ml)
BEST FOROrganic/ biodynamic
Classic southern European cooking over a wood fire with an organic and low intervention-focused wine list is put together by Courtney Stebbings, formerly of Lyle's and The River Cafe. Some good gear to discover from Provence, Languedoc-Roussillion, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.
Classic southern European cooking over a wood fire is the name of the game at Sardine, the new venture of Alex Jackson and Stevie Parle. The wine list is put together by Courtney Stebbings, formerly of Lyle’s and The River Cafe, in a final flourish on the London restaurant scene before returning to her native Canada. Plenty of beakersful of the warm south (of France) here, with a peppering of intriguing bottles from Italy. You can also get wine on tap, meaning by-the-glass options start from just £4.
A organic and low-intervention wine bias in apparent, with some with some good gear from importer Aubert & Mascoli –biodynamic producers like Domaine Vinci from Roussillon and Domaine de L’Ocre Rouge in the Vallé du Rhône, as well as St Chinian specialist Le Grange de Quatre Sous. Wouldn’t mind trying any of these with the meaty main of lamb à la ficelle with white beans and green sauce.
Pricing is very generous and, for a relatively short list, there’s a lot to discover. Nice to see some of Etna’s finest on there too, courtesy of I Custodi’s Pistus Nerello Mascalese.
By Darren Smith