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.
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.
|Venue name:||Enoteca Pomaio||Contact:|
224 Brick Lane
|Transport:||Shoreditch High Street Overground|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £75.|
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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.
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 :-)
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.