Caldo Queens Park: Turning Up The Heat With New Brit-Basque Bar & Kitchen
Rod Penk’s newly opened Caldo Bar and Kitchen is already creating quite a buzz in Queens Park.
Inspired by bars in the Basque country - but with its own distinctive look, it focuses on seasonal small plates and tapas along with cocktails, hand-selected wines and Spanish and British-brewed beer. But unlike many of London’s other recent fashionable openings, you can book.
Decked out in warm greys, Caldo Bar and Kitchen is dominated by a sweeping mosaic bar with Art Deco pendant lights. In addition, there is a stunning back room reminiscent of ‘20s New York speakeasies that can be used for private parties.
There are unique touches to both the drinks and the food menu. As is common in Spain you can choose from a range of gins, each paired with its perfect match. While the food on the menu has classic Spanish flavours, most of it is made with British seafood, meat and produce – and there are dishes that you might not find in other UK bars serving tapas, such as cuttlefish quenelles with broad beans, artichokes fried in semolina with lemon and almonds, sautéed chicken livers in a sherry sauce.
Big on the list of drink offerings at Caldo Bar and Kitchen are cocktails – classic Champagne, Mojito and Cosmoplitian sharing the stage with award-winning draught English ales, El Gaitero cider from Galicia and the likes of Pelforth Brune and Blonde from France. There are also specially imported Spanish wines such as Txakolina Getariako and a comprehensive list of sherries - Manzanilla, Oloroso, Amontillado, Palo Cortado and Pedro Ximenez.
A more relaxed alternative to the gastropubs on Salusbury Road and its surrounding area, Caldo Bar and Kitchen has been a hit with the locals. It is open until late and better still, guests can book the bar stools, tables and even the sofa!