Casa Sabor Cartagena


Casa Sabor Cartagena

Where to start our Casa Sabor series?  Education should always start in the home, as my late father used to say, so we are starting our series in Colombia, and specifically in the Caribbean city of Cartagena.  I had the pleasure of spending some time there in January this year with my mother and my brother and was very impressed with the gastronomy of the city at all levels.

Cartagena cuisine, like the city itself, is formed by the influence of indigenous, Spanish and black populations, as well the food brought by Arab traders and settlers.  Many dishes are based on local fish and shell-fish, accompanied with coconut rice, fried plantain and salad.  Typical dishes also include the so-called “sancocho” made of fish or meats with large pieces of plantain, potato, yucca and other vegetables.  Popular snacks include the traditional “arepa de huevo” (a whole egg cooked in a thick corn pancake) or “carimañolas” best described as a yucca fritter with a meat filling.

The climate is tropical, so the city and the surrounding region also boast a wide range of exotic fruits including sweet coconut, mango, pineapple, papaya, guava among others.  These are sold by the “palenqueras”, the iconic fruit vendors that walk around the streets or beaches carrying a bowl of fruits so artistically on their heads.

We have designed a five course menu that will cover some of the classics, but we’ll also be using all the techniques of the modern kitchen, and to some extent ‘deconstructing’ these dishes, to highlight the flavours of fresh fish and seafood, exotic tropical fruits, and authentic spices and seasoning.  We’ll pair these dishes with delicious cocktails and South American wines to complement the flavours, we aim to both delight and satisfy your palate.  The price will be just £37.50 for the fullfive course menu including a welcome cocktail.  Wines will be offered from a cash bar.

We were delighted with the venue we’ve found for this first event, 24 Exmouth Market, London EC1, back in Islington our physical and spiritual home.  We were charmed by this space as soon as we saw it, and decided that the cabaret-room layout would be perfect for Casa Sabor Cartagena.  We’ll be presenting images and playing both live and recorded music which will transport you to the Caribbean for the evening, and we very much hope you can join us.

Please follow this link to secure a place for this limited run.  Let us know if you are vegetarian or have any other dietary requirements by emailing us from our contact page.  Book early to avoid disappointment, we look forward to seeing you there!

Just a note to thank you for the wonderful experience on Thursday night. We enjoyed the food, the venue, the entertainment, the service We wish you every success in your next venture – we’ll be there if we possibly can be.

David & Anthea

Enjoyed everything we had, from the ceviches to oxtail and the chicken. Cocktails reasonably priced. It’s nice to have a visit to a latin american city in Islington. Great atmosphere.

Dan & James