Taking up Poco’s prime location on Broadway Market, Tuyo is the latest addition to London Fields and part of the Gallipoli restaurant group.
Chef Ricardo Pimentel (formerly Salt Yard) has created a menu focused on sharing plates with Mediterranean and Levantine options with influences from Turkey, Greece, and beyond. We headed there on the sunniest of weekends and made good use of their canal side location, grabbing a spot outside.
We started with a couple of Mimosa’s which are served in coupes with juicy, very pulp-y orange which curiously can only be ordered in pairs! We guess there are worse rules to follow! Everything on the menu sounds great including the Tuyo Breakfast comprising of halloumi, lamb merguez, borek, cucumber, tomato, olives, duck egg, watermelon, tahini and grape molasses, all served with sourdough. We finally settled on the Huevos Turcos – poached eggs, smoked baba ganoush, preserved lemons, chilli and sumac gremolata with sourdough and the Shakshouka-Levantine eggs to share. Although the flavours were delicious and the presentation was nice, making use of beautiful bowls, we felt the portion size a little hit or miss. We only received one poached egg in our Shakshouka which at £9 didn’t feel quite right.
We’d like to come back in the evening and sit inside, watching the open kitchen rustling up some small plates alongside a cocktail or two. Expect Turkish influenced chicken thighs with honey poached apricots, sumac yoghurt and pistachios alongside halloumi with roasted beetroot.