Some days you just need to show your appreciation to the great city you live in by going out for brunch and of course a glass of natural wine. Because yes, brunch and natural wine is a thing, and it tends to happen in Dalston.
The food and wine journey starts at Little Duck - The Picklery - a very unordinary cafe. As a picklery, they have loads of pickles, which you can admire on the busy shelfs. They make their own kombucha and drinking vinegar, hot sauces and of course pickles, while hosting a selection of natural wines available by the glass or bottle + take home. Another unordinary note is the set up: a large, concrete counter where the cooking, and therefore the magic, happens! And you can sit by it and watch all the amazing fresh ingredients be used to prepare the meal you're about to have. Flavour, colours and a relaxed vibe.
I had the miso roasted shiitake mushroom with soba noodles, greens and soft boiled egg - it was so fragrant and delicious! Absolutely yummy. Went really well with my drinking vinegar and would have been paired wonderfully with a kombucha too.
And there was no way I'd left that place without a taste of natural wine. From the by the glass options, the shortlist: Podere Pradarolo Vej 2018 Bianco Antico, from Emilia Romagna (Italy), Malvasia; Les Capriades Piège à filles 2018, Vin de France, rose blend. Both absolutely wow.
Time to say goodbye to this lovely place for now, but before leaving I bought a bottle of sage and oolong kombucha to take home. A true Italian needs an espresso after a meal - time for a coffee break at Allpress just over the road! And then more wine admiring at Newcomer Wines. I wanted to visit this wine shop/bar for so long but somehow never got the chance, so it was really special for me to walk past that door. In love with the place! From the layout to the natural wine selection, the chilled vibe and copies of Noble Rot Magazine hanging from the walls.
And of course, the wine by the glass. As I am always in the mood for orange wine, I had orange wine (again). Left: Müller-Thurgau Amphore Klettgau 2016, Switzerland, so elegant and fruity. Right: Martin Muthenthaler Grüner Veltliner Spitzer Graben, Austria, highly herbaceous but with a classy lemony edge, would be interested to see this paired with a cheese or something unusual.
I know there is still a lot more to explore in terms of natural wine in London and this is all very exciting for a natural wine lover! I'll keep exploring.