food and wine pairing

The Naughty Piglets – creative and delicious

The Naughty Piglets – creative and delicious

My dear friends Tina and Michael have been trying to get me to The Naughty Piglets Restaurant in Brixton for a very long time, but it is tricky to get there from Hamble. So when they opened their second venue in Victoria, The Other Naughty Piglet, we managed to meet up. And I was so glad we did, what a wonderful foodie and wine exploration experience.

Naughty Piglets is a husband and wife team , Joe and Margaux Sharratt. Joe at the stove and Margaux as front of house. They own two restaurants, serving charcoal grill, small creative plates, which keep evolving with the seasons.

Naughty Piglets Wine List

Their wine list, of over 200 wines, specializes in what they call low intervention wines. They focus on “small producers whose wines reflect the terroir its from, with minimal intervention in the winery”. We relaxed into the evening with a delicious and refreshing glass of Lambrusco di Sobara made in the traditional method.

Naughty Piglets Menu

For the food the combination of ingredients is very imaginative such as grilled pears accompanied by Jerusalem artichoke, hazelnuts and blue cheese or the crab with white cabbage and peanuts. There is also a dash of the orient in the dishes like pork belly with Korean spices, linguine with XO sauce (made with Chinese dried shrimps or scallops).

Naughty Piglets - Chargrilled octopus, Cornish potatoes and capers

Chargrilled octopus, Cornish potatoes and capers

With this mini-dish dinner we needed a wine that could compliment everything! The food was quite salty so in fact as long as I didn’t select anything that would over-power the food flavours I couldn’t go wrong. None of us have a sweet-tooth so we fill up on savoury dishes so we could safely stick to a dry wine too.

Naughty Piglets – food and wine pairing

Nerocapitano - Lamoresca

Nerocapitano – Lamoresca

I opted for a wine that with some dishes became slightly overpowered but was wonderful with the crab, octopus and prawn dishes. Plus I learnt something. I am a fan of the Frappato grape and learnt that it is called Nerocapitano in the small town of San Michele di Ganzaria, in the Gigliotto district of Sicily, where this wine came from. The wine is from bio-dynamic producer Azienda agricola Lamoresca de Filippo Rizzo. It was delicious and I confess to still occasionally being nervous about the funkiness of some low-intervention wines, but this was beautifully fruit and refreshing, a joy!

Naughty Piglets – our Sommelier

We had an extremely knowledgeable sommelier, Clement Cousin, from Anjou. He is an alumnus of WSET who passed with distinction. One of his family’s wines – Baptiste Cousin, “Ouech Cousin” is on the wine menu. We will certainly being trying this on our next visit!

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