Review – Calcotada Event – Rosita and the Sherry – Battersea, London
Recently I went to Rosita and the Sherry for one of their traditionally Spanish Calcotada evenings. A calcot is a cross between a leek and a spring onion. Each year during harvest time these celebrations can be found all over southern Spain. The calcots are grilled on an open fire, the charred skins are peeled back and the sweet onion is then dipped in romesco sauce before being dangled above your open mouth and deftly eaten, hopefully without the sauce being dripped down your front.
I started my evening with a lovely dry sherry made from a palomino variety. Served in an ice cold glass, it slipped down easily, a little too easily actually. Once seated at our table we were brought the calcot starters. These were served on roof tiles from the owner’s grandma’s house (I hope it’s true, it’s a cute story) and wrapped in newspaper so that the calcots steam. The presentation was definitely a talking point amongst our group. I would have been happy to stop here but we still had more courses. The mains were served on platters to which we helped ourselves. Sausages, lamb and pork to choose from with baby gem salads and hand cut chips. As we were eating, we were also taking advantage of the Prosecco which comes as part of the meal. Dessert was a crema catalana (think v soft creme brulee) with a cinnamon ice cream.
The food was well presented and tasted great. We made sure to eat everything! This event was very relaxed and did remind me of the casual, friendly but efficient styling of good restaurants in Spain. Nothing was rushed and it was great to be able to pick and choose what we wanted to eat. I like to eat with my fingers but then again, I’m just a big kid 🙂
If you would like to go along to one of Rosita’s calcotada evenings tickets are £35 each and include a 1/2 bottle of Prosecco per person. The next 2 events are on Thursday 26th Feb and Wednesday 11th March. For dates after that I’d check the website. Buen Provecho!