May 2022 will see BIBO Shoreditch celebrate the culinary delights of chef Dani García’s homeland by way of a month-long fiesta entitled ‘Taste of Andalusia’. Drawing upon the natural beauty and unique terrain of the Southernmost region of Spain, Dani’s limited edition menu honours the gastronomical prowess of Andalusia and the distinct ingredients synonymous with the individual provinces.
Dani García is one of Spain’s most revered chefs and global exports, having stunned the world when he closed his eponymous restaurant in Marbella just 24 days after it was awarded 3 Michelin stars. A regular judge on Spain’s MasterChef, Dani’s BIBO, which currently has outposts in Marbella, Madrid, Tarifa, Ibiza and Doha, was founded upon Dani’s desire to create a casual tapas and brasserie concept with which to democratise fine dining.
The 3-course set menu, offering four choices per course and priced at £40 per head, will be available in full for lunch, 7 days a week (warning – an afternoon siesta may be required) whilst the evening à la carte menu will include hero dishes, identified by Dani, so that diners unable to sneak off for an afternoon are still able to enjoy a taste of Dani’s beloved heritage.
Dani García has long been inspired by his heritage, and his new menu is dedicated to his travels around the region and how these have inspired him. Starters include fan favourite Gazpacho, typically found in Seville, Tomate Aliñado with heirloom tomatoes garnished with olive oil, green olives and oranges and Fried Aubergines with sugar cane honey. Main courses see one of Dani’s hero ingredients of oxtail delicately incorporated into a traditional slow-cooked stew and served with fries, whilst a highlight of the menu is Córdoba’s most revered dish, a roulade of pork loin and jamón that is breaded and fried and otherwise known as Flamenquin Cordobés. Pescatarians will delight in Atùn Encebollado, from the Cádiz province and Pescadito Frito, fried fish cooked in a traditional Andalusian style.
For those who are dessert-inclined, Dani’s team transports you to the streets of Málaga by way of a Spanish take on French toast with vanilla ice cream, Mango Malagueño and orange, Caramelised Rice Pudding and an Andalusian dessert staple of Buñuelos, fried dough balls filled with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Stretching along the Mediterranean coast from Huelva to Almería and via the inland wonders of Seville, Córdoba and Jaén, Andalusia’s culinary traditions are steeped in its Moorish heritage and landscape, combining snowy mountains, sandy beaches, stunning natural beauty and an abundance of culture that results in carefully crafted, inimitable culinary delicacies. Whilst the region remains internationally famous for its olive oil, Seville oranges and tradition of tapas, Dani García’s new menu shines a spotlight on regional produce and techniques offering popular classics and distinctive dishes set to transport diners to his home country.
Complementing the set menu is BIBO’s drinks list featuring sherries from Jerez, the home of the world-famous fortified wine with tipples including the Manzanilla Deliciosa and Amontillado viña AB. Coinciding with the Sherry Tour of London, also taking place during May, BIBO’s Head Bartender Cristian Lopez has created a sherry cocktail named the ‘Guadalete’, a reference to the river of the same name in Cadíz’s natural park, which blends La Guita Manzanilla and Oloroso sherry with cherry syrup and Fever Tree tonic water. A Spanish lunch can also never truly be complete without sangria and BIBO’s signature red wine and white wine sangria cocktails, Summer’s most refreshing aperitif.
BIBO’s interiors instantly capture the spirit of Andalusia through the use of rose-coloured handmade tiles, bordeaux red arched wall features and limed oak joinery; oversized rattan pendant lights will bounce between the polished copper walls and illuminate the sardine mobiles suspended from the ceiling. Outside, The Courtyard offers a Spanish haven in the heart of London, with bold red walls, hanging plants and wooden fans beneath a retracting glass roof.
Dani García comments, ‘BIBO was born out of my wish to bring the spirit of typical Spanish dining to a global audience and my Taste of Andalusia menu is a celebration of my home and upbringing, honouring the techniques, flavours and ingredients that have helped shape me into the chef that I am today. One of my most personal projects to date, I hope that Londoners enjoy these dishes as much as I have loved working with my talented team on creating them. Our lifestyle revolves around long, leisurely lunches spent with friends and families and we can’t wait for you to embrace our philosophy.’
The Taste of Andalusia set menu will be priced at £40 and available throughout May, Monday-Friday from 12pm – 2:30pm and Saturday-Sunday from 11am – 4pm.
The dishes on the à la carte menu are as follows:
Gazpacho Andaluz (VG) £7
tomato, extra virgin olive oil, onion & garlic
Tomato Aliñao £6
heirloom tomato, green olive jus, orange segments
Atún Encebollado £19
red tuna stew with onion & smoked paprika
Flamenquin Cordobés £18
pork loin & jamón roulade
fried dough filled with whipped cream & chocolate sauce