Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials – London WC2H
February 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
A wine bar from the guys behind the Experimental Cocktail Club. Go figure.
The team behind the ECC (Experimental Cocktail Club) have opened up a wine bar, tucked away in Neal’s Yard, that offers a super wine list, a short, succinct and well-crafted menu of small plates and service that won’t fail to charm and impress.
Wine is undoubtedly the main feature. And with those comfy armchairs it is all too easy to sit back, relax and while away the hours, whilst you sip on a superb bottle of wine, most probably recommended to you by the fabulously knowledgeable Marco or the charming Wissam. Two of which I tried (I only have their part-names from my receipt I’m afraid) the ‘Vecchie Olivlugana‘ (£44) and ‘Larue St Aubin‘ (£60) are both dry, crisp and refined. The former had a slight honeyed noise, which I tend to associate with a Riesling, and had a quick finish making it very easy drinking. The latter, was more complex with some citrus and perfumes developing on the palette. At the risk of getting too la-de-da about it, they were both utterly enjoyable and rather pleasing.
Yet, the food shouldn’t be overlooked. A bowl of ‘Mountain Chicken‘ (£12), more commonly known as frog legs, are covered in a light, crisp batter, heavily seasoned with paprika. A perfect introduction to those who have never tried them, and addictively moreish to one and all. A plate of ‘Burratta with pumpkin seeds and pomegranate’ (£12.00), was delectably creamy, complimented by the a sweet and sticky dressing.
A ‘Seafood Risotto‘ (£13.00) wasn’t quite in keeping with the style of nibbling sharing plates, but was rich and full of flavour and we certainly weren’t complaining. The short menu also offers a range of different cheeses and cuts of meat – the cured leg on display at the moment is ‘Joselito Pata Negra‘ (£28) and quite an extraordinary cut. This photo, simply doesn’t do it any justice.
CVS is officially my new favourite hang out and should shoot straight to the top of your to do list. I’ve now been thrice in 10 days (with a non-date, an old friend and a group of girls) and I couldn’t recommend it more, for any occasion really. A night spent here will not the cheapest of evenings, but you are paying for a quality of produce that I have not seen elsewhere in London, presented in such a relaxed, welcoming and perfectly wonderful way.