Enoteca Pomaio

Restaurants, Italian Brick Lane
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Enoteca Pomaio
Venue says Farmer's Aperitivo Buffet every day, 6-8pm, for £10: one glass of natural wine or a craft beer or a Pomaio spritz, plus Tuscan nibbles.

An organic wine bar and restaurant tied to a Tuscan vineyard.

Brick Lane’s graffiti-decorated walls and beigel-scoffing wanderers hardly conjure images of the rolling Tuscan hills – but that’s just what Enoteca Pomaio is looking to do at the northern end of the colourful street. This restaurant and wine bar is connected to Tuscany’s organic Podere di Pomaio vineyard. You don’t really get that vibe from the stripped walls and white paint. You can see they’ve gone for the rustic look, but while the wine-heavy bar feels inviting, the restaurant feels more ‘kitchen showroom’ than Italian osteria thanks to the stark lighting and chilly temperature.

What does feel very European is the sunny welcome. We were the only English-speaking diners on our visit, and the wine list carried unapologetic Italian headings, but the staff were more than happy to explain the Pomaio ethos and offer recommendations on vino from Tuscany and beyond.

As for the food, bruschetta and simple Italian small plates complement the plonk and match the rustic look, with rough-hewn chunks of bread topped with huge helpings. Flavours start on-point, with an interesting cauliflower, lurid green asparagus purée and guanciale bruschetta packing a garlicky punch. Truffle gnocchi smelled divine, but lacked the depth of flavour to back it up. And wild boar ragu, while delicious, was accompanied by two disappointingly stodgy chunks of fried polenta.

My advice? Stick to a warming glass of organic wine with Italian meats and treats at the bar above.

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Enoteca Pomaio says
Marco and Iacopo Rossi, founders of Podere di Pomaio, a natural winery in Tuscany, fell in love with east London the moment they walked around Brick Lane. With the enoteca (wine shop) and restaurant named after their small sustainable vineyard in the Chianti area, they celebrate the new and old flavours of Tuscany and Italy.

Their passion for natural wines and Italian cuisine was triggered by Tuscany, the region of their birth. As greedy drinkers and eaters trained by their families to the pure taste of natural produce they grew up to be part of the Italian craft wine and food scene.

They pride themselves on building a personal relationship with producers they now work with, their vision and the fact that they are improving the world one bottle at a time.

This is why the vino we pour into your glass comes mainly from small independent Tuscan vineyards such as Podere di Pomaio.

Our wine list and food menu is created using our Tuscan ‘lens’ and nostalgia. These artisans are passing on heritage, the culture of environmental respect and, of course, some amazing bottles and ingredients that we are proud to research and present in small plates and big glasses. It goes without saying that we are sangiovese (a red wine grape) and prosciutto addicted!

The wine list is mostly Tuscan but not limited to this region – as with the food menu it's just a matter of crazy people and amazing stories inside a bottle made in the old-style way.
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By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Enoteca Pomaio
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Address: 224 Brick Lane
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E1 6SA
Transport: Shoreditch High Street Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £75.
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tastemaker

Really love Enoteca Pomaio! I had the chance to do a wine testing there and sample their menu...And there is no words! It's a real journey through Tuscany. The staff is very friendly and passionate. They have a gorgeous wine selection, full of flavours. The food is also outstanding, authentic with a sophisticated touch.  Definitely recommend a visit as it's a lovely Tuscanian escapade in busy Brick Lane.  


From a Tuscany girl... first time that I felt home!!

REALLY Tuscany dishes, with high quality food, and the wine...such a good selections!!

Added value of the restaurant is the staff, really friendly and familiar!

I definitely recommend this place to all whom are looking a really good Tuscany experience in London!

see you soon!!



Excellent restaurant. Very high quality of italian foods and wines.

The place is advertised as a winery but it actually has a quite sofisticated and varied selection of Italian specialities. Highly recommended the fried truffle egg with potato pure, the "ribollita" and the "cantucci cheesecake". Great also the selection of wines.

This is not the kind of place that will sell you quantity junkie food, else you will be able to enjoy quality and authentic Italian delicatessen.

Great service as well.

tastemaker

Enoteca Pomaio is the latest restaurant and wine bar to open in the foodie hub of Brick Lane, owned by Tuscan brothers Marco and Lacapo Rossi – who also own the restaurant’s namesake award winning winery, Podere di Pomaio, in Tuscany.


The menu has been created by head chef Francesco Mastronardi, previously of The Four Seasons Florence and Milan to, in their words, ‘bring a real flavour of fresh, modern Italian cooking to London’. Unfortunately, this wasn’t quite our experience at Enoteca Pomaio, which was very much a meal of two halves.


When we asked the waiter what the format was, he recommended a selection of dishes to share - starting our meal with bread topped with Sicilian anchovies and salty butter. This was the best dish of the evening – soft, sweet rounds of bread contrasted well with the salty anchovies, leaving you craving more.


Then, a selection of cheese and ham – always a winning combination. All except the lavatella, which is like an assassin dressed as a cheese that sneaks up and punches you in the mouth with its overly pungent flavour. I like a strong cheese, but this was a step too far even for me.


A cauliflower purée topped with a fried egg and black truffle shavings arrived at the table next. Although it wasn’t much to look at, it tasted divine – rich egg yolk and earthy truffle dominated the dish, with a smooth cauliflower purée that almost gave the dish a thick soup-like consistency.


The spicy squid couscous was, frankly, weird. Slimy, cold squid topped undercooked, under seasoned couscous creating a dish that had no depth or colour to it what-so-ever, and the octopus wasn’t any better. Three small pieces of octopus tentacles are presented to you, grilled but lacking that distinctive ‘grilled’ flavour, with blobs of what I can only describe as cold mashed potato, spinach and currants. The table next to us had this as well and actually asked for more octopus, as they didn’t feel the amount served justified the price.


Bruscehtte with cocoa, ‘evo’ (an acronym for extra virgin olive oil that I can only assume is used on the menu to simply confuse those who are “not in the know”) and salt flakes was not the culinary experience I was hoping for. The same goes for the cocoa mousse, which was grainy and not at all light and fluffy as a mousse should be.


In my opinion, Enoteca Pomaio is confused and can’t quite work out if it is a wine bar with a selection of sharing dishes to be enjoyed over a glass of something, or an Italian restaurant. One thing I can recommend, however, is the fantastic wine selection which they clearly take pride in. From the service which you can’t work out if it is charming or rude, to the hit-and-miss food, this is a venue that needs to make its mind up soon as to what it really is.


Absolutely loved this new Enoteca in Brick Lane! Amazing craft cheese selection and delicious Ribollita.

Never had the chance to taste such authentic flavors since my last trip to Tuscany. 

 I had a glass of Porsenna red wine which was a perfect match for the food I had.

Great location and very nice staff ! All my friends loved it.

I definitely recommend this place , surprising experience in London :-)

tastemaker

Enoteca Pomaio is a new Italian wine bar / restaurant on Brick Lane focusing on wine and food from the Tuscany region (the restaurant is named after a vineyard in Tuscany called Podere di Pomaio)

This is one of a few places I have been to in London that actually reminds me of being in Italy – the focus is on the number of different wines with smaller food plates to accompany the vino.

Relaxing atmosphere with the manager, Luca, answering all questions knowledgeably and making recommendations. It is nice to see such a genuine passion about the cuisine (ingredients of which are sourced by local producers).


We had the ricotta croquettes with pesto, spelt risotto with blue cheese and the special fish soup. With bread, these dishes were more than enough for lunch. I especially liked the  tasty croquettes!


We visited here for the office party as an excuse to try out the new bar on Brick Lane. Contemporary look and feel with an impressive back shelf of wines which we were told were 90% from Tuscany. 

Luca, the main guy presented a bottle of Rosè from their own vineyard which we really enjoyed, we have had nothing like this before.

We picked a large selection of the dishes from the menu with the gnocchi being a particular favourite on the table. 

We will be back again soon and best of luck to you all.