There is nothing more delightful than a good neighbourhood restaurant and I am fortunate to be a stone’s throw away from Twist at Crawford. I have to warn you that this review will be saturated with superlatives as I have been raving about the food following my visits over recent months.
Twist is the creation of Chef Eduardo Tuccillo who opened his industrial chic Kitchen and Tapas bar late last year. Eduardo has an international pedigree. A native of Naples, he trained under Alain Ducasse in Paris and was head chef at Tavern on the Green in New York before making London his new home.
The 50 seat restaurant has picture windows that entice you in. The open kitchen at the rear is Eduardo’s domain and is a hive of activity. From the moment you speak to Eduardo it is apparent that he is passionate about food and the quality and integrity of his ingredients, buying directly from suppliers. He is genuinely hands on and I have seen him peeling a mound of garlic that he had picked on the Isle of Wight!
Eduardo describes his style as “fusion tapas” having a Mediterranean core spiked with Asian and South American influences. However he said his love of food emanates from his grandmother’s cooking and that his philosophy is not to crowd a dish with too many ingredients. I was reminded of eating at Kaiseki restaurants like the unforgettable Kien in Tokyo that fashions exquisite dishes out of seemingly simple ingredients.
My first visit was with the lovely Bijal and we feasted on the many vegetarian options. We nibbled on smoked Piedmont almonds and Padron peppers laced with fleur de sel while we enjoyed a glass of Prosecco and looked through the menu. With the focus on freshness, it is well worth ordering from the daily specials and we were greeted by the woody aroma of crumbled truffle that adorned creamy burrata with a delicious beetroot sauce.
Eduardo brought us fried courgette flowers made from his grandmother’s recipe. I have previously been underwhelmed by this Amalfi favourite but didn’t want to offend Nonna. This rendition was beautifully al dente and the flowers were stuffed with mint, lemon and ricotta and drizzled with honey. We were advised to eat quickly so that the light batter didn’t get soggy.
We finished with tender gnocchi with aged Bagoss cheese and a reduction of Barolo – rich and satisfying!
I was keen to return to Twist and share my experiences with my husband and some close friends who we were entertaining.
Again I had excellent service from Pietro who recommended that we try the sea bass ceviche flavoured with Peruvian aji limo pepper that lent heat to the delicate fish. I particularly liked the smoked cured duck with quinoa and the yellowfin tuna tartare served with wasabi yoghurt and tobiko (the eggs of flying fish) that gave a surprising crunch.
As we were a party of five, we decided to have the Josper-Bone that is aged for 35 days and cooked over charcoal in the enclosed oven. The beef was outstanding – beautifully pink, succulent and full of flavour with a salted crust. It was served with salad and roasted new potatoes to soak up the incredible juices. Whilst the menu says this is for two, it was more than enough for all of us.
I had also ordered the black Alaskan cod marinated in Japanese miso that was a welcome contrast to the mighty beef. Our neighbours recommended the Josper grilled veal chop that I will try next time.
We barely had space for dessert but were urged to try the fleur de sel chocolate tart (Eduardo uses 12 different types of salt in his kitchen!) and the frozen wild berries that were bathed in a stream of warm white chocolate. Both plates were sent back empty!
I recommend Twist for food that is fresh and interesting in a casual and relaxed surrounding. Service is informed and warm and the wine list is kind on the wallet. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Twist at Crawford
42 Crawford Street
London W1H 1JW
020 7723 3377 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nuzy Sayani is Catwalkschoolgates’ restaurant reviewer. Nuzy lives in Marylebone with her husband and seven year old son. She is a technology lawyer and loves the theatre, cinema, is an avid reader and likes nothing more than trying out restaurants. Nuzy will be sharing her dining experiences with us and would love to hear from you with your recommendations.