London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
This new Dalston opening is a notch more stylish than the average east London eatery. Yes, it boasts a rough-edged bare brick interior and a small plate menu but there’s a lot more to Rotorino. This smart Kingsland Road bar and restaurant, the work of chef Stevie Parle has an industrial chic vibe enhanced by an array of nautical knickknacks and a striking blue-tiled back wall. There’s some real invention on display in the kitchen – and behind the bar. The former is a buzzy, busy space where you can down a couple of well-made cocktails before you take your table. The wine list is a real asset here; curated by Street Vin’s Ruth Spivey it features a great array of bottles, with an obvious Italian focus. On the cocktail front we’re talking Ialian-style aperitifs, appetite-whetters laced with Campari and vermouth. The food menu focuses on southern Italian dishes – a richly flavoured ragu, a Sardinian fish stew bold, deep flavours, excellent ingredients cooked with care. The place has only been open a short while but already it’s prone to getting packed out and it can be something of a struggle to get a table on busy night which we guess means more time to spend at the bar.