6 Greek Street, London,W1D 4DE www.gammagamma.co.uk
Claire Stokes finds zebra on the menu, next to other gamey meats such as ostrich and kangaroo, and all responsibly sourced.
Described as pan-Asian fusion tapas, these unusual meaty options definitely set this restaurant apart in an area so well known for excellent and distinctive cuisines.
The sharing platters range from destinations such as Japan, Philippines and Indonesia Ã¢â‚¬â€œ even Italy (definitely not Asian) and the exotic meats put a real twist on the menu. This will certainly attract diners like myself who are keen to always try something new.
The menu, broken into sections such as’Raw and cured,’Grill’ and’Crispy’ is fantastically diverse. After seeking a little advice from the well-informed staff, we settled on 7 dishes for the evening.
First up was the black treacle and coffee bean cured salmon Ã¢â‚¬â€œ like nothing I have tried before but combining three of my favourite ingredients was always likely to go well.
This was followed by a smoked burratta salad, a delicious vegetarian dish and the perfect interlude between our meaty choices, served up with honey roasted kabucha pumpkin and avocado.
Always one to jump at the opportunity to try unusual foods, and in particular, unusual game, I ordered the zebra loin tataki from the raw and cured collection in the menu.
Served with garlic aioli, sriracha jelly, roasted grapes, kizami wasabi, furikake popcorn and sake cured eggs, it was a real taste sensation and I would highly recommend. The zebra was similar to beef – it wasn’t overly chewy and seared to perfection.
The 8-hour braised Wagyu beef ribs were exceptional, as was the kangaroo steak, served up Filipino Tagalog style with kalamansi, garlic and caramelised onion.
Definitely opt for the excellent slow roasted lamb bao too, offered up with hummus and tahihi yoghurt. A real mix of cuisines that somehow just works.
Our final dish was the jungle curry. By this time, we were rather full, but managed to savour enough to note its delicious flavours, although the ostrich loin was tougher than I expected.
The cocktail menu was, as you’d expect, creative and cool. We enjoyed a Gammartini, because where else could you try this! Gin, hibiscus liqueur, angostura bitters, lemon and egg white, it was crisp and perfectly accompanied the diverse tastes we explored on the menu.
Although the food is diverse and exciting, the interiors are simple, dark and warm, with exposed bricks and wooden floorboards.
A bar occupies a good portion of the long and narrow main dining room. We sat at a romantic table in the front of the restaurant and enjoyed watching passersby on Greek Street. The music, although slightly on the loud side, really added to the lively atmosphere and the service was swift and attentive, and not at all stuffy.
All the food was beautifully presented, although our table could have been a little bigger to fit all of the plates.
The meat like we say, is all responsibly sourced, and there are plenty of gluten-free, dairy-free and even halal options on the menu too.
Perfect for adventurous eaters and located in the heart of buzzy Soho, Gamma Gamma is ideal for a catch up with friends or a quirky date night spot.