Oh, I could get rather used to this whole blogger-event thing. You’re always greeted with smiles, ‘beautiful’ and a glass of Prosecco.
Last Tuesday, I headed to Paesan to meet some fellow bloggers, try some cocktails and taste the menu. I have actually already been there for lunch – in fact, the nduja and cavolo nero orrechiette pasta was the first new food I tried this year – but I was looking forward to seeing the bar area downstairs.
It has a really cool yet cosy feel, with exposed brick and leather booths. We were so busy chatting that about twenty of us ended up squashing into one booth, so it’s a decent-sized place! It was great to see a mix of familiar faces and new ones, including the lovely Megan from Got to be Gourmet.
The staff were absolutely brilliant, recommending cocktails and making sure we were all having a good time. One of the bartenders had a great party trick, where she poured a line of different coloured shots from one cocktail shaker.
The chef even brought over the food and told us all the elements of it and where they were from. He was lovely, and I was so impressed by this. (Thank you all!)
So what did we end up eating and drinking? (Lots.) Every month, the restaurant focuses on a different area of Italy and the food specific to this area, and at the moment it’s Sardinia. I missed many of the details of what was said, but there was, of course, lots of bread, meat and pasta! Here are a few of the dishes:
We also had cocktails, of course. I can vouch for the porn star martini and the Berjito Royale – like a Mojito, but with berries and Prosecco! Very popular with the other girls was the Toblerone, made with Kahlúa, Baileys, hazelnut liqueur and cream:
Judging by how quickly the food and drinks disappeared, everybody was impressed with the place. It is now one of my top places for after-work drinks!
Check out their website for the ever-changing menu, its influences this month and to book booths for nights out. The happy hour is brilliant: from Tuesday to Saturday, it is 5-8 p.m., 2 for 1 on all cocktails, £3 for house wine and £2 for a beer. Go and make the most of it!