I love Covent Garden/Holborn. It’s fun, lots of independent restaurants and always buzzing.
It feels fresh here, combined with old world London of cobbles streets and a real sense of community. It feels cool.
It’s like a slightly less hipster Shoreditch, where you don’t have to be achingly cool, beard clad or button your shirt all the way up, but you still feel like your in the buzz that brings people flocking to London.
Tallijoe – great name, btw! – is located just to the north of Holborn and Covent Garden, just next to Seven dials.
I met Joelle there on Monday for a catch up and foodie deliciousness. SPOILER – both were achieved.
We ordered the sindhi pickles and kela wafers to start. The pickle was sharp, but without the after taste a pickled onion would give and carried a real kick of chilli that built with each bite. The kela wafers were baked banana slices sprinkled with lemon salt. It tasted more on the plantain side of things and were extremely moreish!
The good thing with a restaurant that does small plates is that your food is exceptionally quick to the table.
The truffle ghee kulcha came first a garlic and truffle smothered naan filled with cottage cheese. This on its own is rather decadent, but it also comes with a fresh and zingy sauce that’s hot and herby and cuts through the rich naan well. Absolute star of the show in my opinion!
We also got whitebait which took our fancy as soon as we saw it on the menu. Both being big fans and excited to see what spin Talli Joe would put on it. The answer, a crisp, dark, thin batter, perfectly crunchy again with a beautifully balanced sauce. Sort of mayo-y but spicy, not hot spicy but of full of spices!
Finally, the guinea foul curry was gloriously melt in the mouth, and I could of done with a bit more, but I suppose they are small plates. Although guinea foul is a gamey bird they’d cooked it we’ll and mellowed it with their mix of spices. The rice was also rather yummy and I could of eaten three times the amount.
In short I would definitely be going again to sample more of their delights! The Talli of which they have based their name is certainly on the list to try next time!