How's this for a cheffy love story? He's Chinese. She's Portuguese. They met working under Nuno Mendes (back when he was at the Loft Project and had never seen Rhi-Rhi and that one with the eyebrow twerking the night away) and fell in love (aaah). They moved to Chiltern Firehouse, to work under Nuno again (well, you would, wouldn't you), then decided to spread their Chinese-Portuguese wings, first with a Druid Street food stall and finally this: Curio + TĀ TĀ.
The Curio bit is the site: a cute former coffee shop in Haggerston. The TĀ TĀ bit is them (it means 'he-she' in Chinese). The food? Rice, but not as you know it. It's home-style-cooking meets fusion and though we haven't sampled it yet, it sounds pretty damn awesome. Expect 'Chinese-style' butifarra (Catalan pork and rice sausage with turnip tops and a fried egg), rice pockets filled with charsiu pork and bean sprouts) or the signature congee (Asian rice porridge with herb sauce and dough sticks). Of course, there’s rice wine (and an intriguing cocktail list) to wash it all down. Uncle Ben? We've never heard of him.
Curio + TĀ TĀ opens on June 16 at 258 Kingsland Road, Haggerston. Head to curioandtata.co.uk for more.