Event: Slow Dining Dinner with Menabrea and Antonio Favuzzi at Divino Enoteca

Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event

 L’Anima come to Edinburgh with Menabrea

Head chef at London’s L’Anima restaurant and Menabrea ambassador, Antonio ‘Lello’ Favuzzi, created a wonderful fusion of Italian and Scottish flavours for a one-off dinner at Divino Enoteca and we were extremely lucky to gain a seat at the table. We were familiar with the food at L’Anima from having attended the Foodie Hub (formerly Chowzter) World Food Awards at L’Anima’s café last year (2014).

Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event

Favuzzi’s menu included a Menabrea Drunken Oyster; beef fillets from Orkney; crab from Troon; Mussels from Shetland; Lanark cheese; and squid from Scrabster. These feature alongside a range of authentic Italian cuisine including bottarga (cured fish roe); malloreddus, a hand-rolled fresh pasta shape from Lello’s home area of Sardinia; and sea urchins from Sardina.

We started the evening, with of course, some beer – light, sweet, malty beer!

Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event

The menu sounded delicious, and we couldn’t wait to taste it. First to be delivered, Menabrea Drunken Oyster.

Drunken Oyster Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event
Drunken Oyster

Tempura style batter infused with Menabrea and a beer foam.   This would make a very posh beer snack, or a starter for a romantic night in at home.

After another refreshment break, it was time for some Scottish crab.

Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event
Hand picked Crab with Sea Urchin and Sweet Red Onions

Perfect, this light dish went perfectly well with the beer.  The crab was moist and the tang of the sea urchin battled with the beer.  Loved it!

Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event
Saffron Malloreddus with Seafood and Bottarga

The Saffron Malloreddus were like gnocchi although not as thick or stodgy.  A strong saffron taste and smell with this dish. This is one we will be hoping to try at home.

Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event
Orkney Beef Fillet, Marrow Bones, Lanark Blue cheese and Cherries

Tender beef fillet served with the tangiest mash around.  The Lanark Blue Mash inside bone marrow – wow.

Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event
Raspberry and Almond Tart with Liquorice Crumble and Yogurt Ice Cream

Mrs Foodie isn’t a big liquorice fan, so extras for Mr Foodie!  However she did make quick eating of the almond tart.

Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event
End of meal coffee

Menabrea is available in select bars in restaurants across the UK.
For further information:www.menabrea.co.uk or follow @MenabreaUK

Menabrea L'Anima Divino Enoteca Event




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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