Union Street Cafe, Southwark

We went to Union Street Café for their Prosecco Pranzo, a lazy Italian Sunday lunch, to which you can add unlimited Prosecco for another £10 per person. We actually went on Easter Sunday so the open plan kitchen was in a particularly festive mood.

We got a warm welcome from Davide (Head Chef)!

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We kicked off with antipasti. I opted for the baked eggs topped with a parmesan sauce. This was like the best breakfast ever, runny golden eggs topped with a creamy, cheesy sauce. I mopped it all up with some of the excellent bread and wondered if I was going to have room for the 3 remaining courses! Lighter options are available if you choose not to follow in my rib sticking footsteps.

J opted for the lighter option of Stracciatella d’Andria – wonderful and creamy like the centre of burrata – served with a refreshing combination of peas, broad beans and mint that added a great combination of textures.

These were  served with crusty bread and extra virgin olive oil.

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I followed this up with gnocchi with smoked leeks and marscapone (more cheese!). Sadly this didn’t quite live up to the gnocchi I’ve had in Italy which have been feather light, I also found the sauce a bit too floury for my tastes.

J went for a primi of tagliolini all’vovo (egg pasta) with cheese, pepper, asparagus and decorated with courgette strips and parmesan shavings. He said that it was like being back in Rome!

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Bartender Aleco created some entertainment barside whilst making peach bellinis with flare.

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For my secondi I had the duck legs in a balsamic glaze accompanied by a side of delicious parmesan mash (yes I had cheese in every course, it was Easter ok!). I’m a sucker for duck and this was tender and falling off the bone complemented by the rich glaze.

J loves seafood and opted for seabass served on a bed of borlotti beans, smoked carrots and nduja (spicy sausage). It was the perfect main as the base added a sweet, spicy, smokiness that complemented the natural sweetness from the seabass and the crispy skin.

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Finally in the small amount of space I had left I managed to squeeze in dessert. I chose the Earl grey panacotta with rhubarb. Although the pannacotta had a lovely soft set, the Earl grey flavour didn’t come through as strongly as I would have liked. In this case I had dessert envy as I tried a spoonful of my mum’s budino al cioccolato & amaretti, which was a rich chocolate pudding flavoured with amaretto.

J went for their specially created dessert: The Golden Chocolate Easter Egg. It had an edible gold leaf white chocolate shell with a mango pannacotta centre and was served on chocolate soil with a blackcurrant sorbet. He loved the interpretation of a runny yolk centre as you broke through the shell of the egg. He also enjoyed the clever presentation and the flavour and texture combinations.

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If you have no plans on a Sunday, I can’t think of a better way to spend it than sipping on Prosecco and devouring Italian food!

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The specially created Easter Sunday Prosecco Pranzo menu:

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About goantolondon

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: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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