Love street food? Enjoy discovering new tastes from around the globe? Combine these with a fine-dining experience and you’ve got Foley’s Tasting Kitchen, a new restaurant coming to Fitzrovia this May. We catch up with head chef Mitz Vora to quiz him on his new venture, as well as sample the menu at his current Market Yard residency.
There’s a buzz to the Market Yard space. Interaction with diners and “the ability to make them feel at home” is something Mitz highly values and gained from his time as sous chef at The Palomar. He will also take with him “the hospitality and confidence of sticking to your roots as a chef” when the restaurant opens in May.
And what about his nod to street food and the spice trail for inspiration?
“Growing up in Mumbai, street food has always been a big part of my life – literally a way of living there. After travelling across Canada and working in different kitchens, it just seemed fitting to stick to my roots and apply the culinary experience I gained over the years alongside a love for Asian food.”
You definitely get a sense of spice with the dishes. We started with the Spiced Sweet Potato Fritters served with a fragrant saffron coconut sauce and the Chicharrón, which married the comforting taste of pork crackling with a spicy lime mayo.
The main plates (definitely four between two, or one each if you’re grazing) were as tasty as they were beautifully presented. The tender Pork Belly paired perfectly with apple and green papaya, an Asian influence that continues in the Hoof and Rock Pool beef cheek, (featured in top right image). This dish is currently Mitz’s personal favourite, “It’s a really flavourable cut of meat and the dish has lots of really light and fresh Vietnamese flavours. It’s a play on a Vietnamese green papaya salad”.
A favourite was the Truffle Potato Agnolotti, the warm and creamy cauliflower and hazelnuts were offset by the confit lemon, creating a well-balanced dish. My only complaint was that I had to share it with my dining partner! And look out for the striking cod dish, with a lentil and tamarind broth poured from a dainty Vietnamese teapot on arrival at the table.
To round off this culinary journey, we chose the Panna Cotta, a flavour sensation of coconut, lychee and Thai basil with a subtle kick from the chilli and chocolate crumble on top – and all served in a coconut shell.
Foley’s Tasting Kitchen is currently taking over the kitchen at Feast’s Market Yard, located under the arches of Goldhawk Road tube station – this is open until 20 March if you want a taster of the delights that will soon be available on Foley Street. Watch this space for new Feast developments…
Market Yard | Foley’s Tasting Kitchen, 10 Feb-20 March | Shepherd’s Bush Yard, Goldhawk Road, London W12 8HA
Foley’s Tasting Kitchen will open on Foley Street, Fitzrovia, in May 2016.