Tongue ‘n’ Cheek pop-up at The Joker on Penton Street, Islington

Tongue 'n' Cheek Pop-up at The Joker on Penton Street

Tongue ‘n’ Cheek Pop-up at The Joker on Penton Street


Bright and airy restaurant and bar area - with Assistant Manager Seanan and colleague taking a needed rest.

Bright and airy restaurant and bar area – with Assistant Manager Seanan and colleague taking a needed rest.

Love the Joker masks over the kitchen - with Paul hard at work whilst Cristiano was looking after a party upstairs.

Love the Joker masks over the kitchen – with Paul hard at work whilst Cristiano was looking after a party upstairs.

Tongue’n’Cheek started life as a food stall focusing on some of the less loved parts of various animals but they’ve just started a 6 week residency as a pop up at The Joker pub on Penton Street. This is good news for those of us who like to eat sitting down in the warm on those old fashioned things called tables and chairs.

They’re currently doing an Italian Sunday lunch of porchetta (£15) with roasted Jerusalem artichokes and a fennel and blood orange salad. The meat was tender and stuffed with herbs and the crackling was deliciously crispy but sadly my whole plate from meat to roasties to veg suffered from just being lukewarm. Everything still tasted good, I could have sent it back and asked them to reheat but I was super hungry and didn’t have the willpower to wait.

Italian Sunday pork roast

Italian Sunday roast of Porchetta

I will be back on a week day to check out the range of burgers Cristiano has developed. They’re all based on the original Heartbreaker burger, a 50/50 blend of ox heart and beef (check out Cristiano’s blog for the full story of how he came up with this concept I especially have my eye on the piccante burger (£7), the beef patty gets topped with N’duja, a spicy soft sausage, frankly the more meat the better as far as I’m concerned!

Cristiano is helped out in the kitchen by Paul Belcher (owner of Donostia Social Club – a Basque inspired Spanish tapas van) and Alex.

Twitter: @thejokerpenton @tonguencheeks #ItalianSundayRoast #Heartbreaker @donostiasc


58 Penton Street
N1 9PZ

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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