Another week, another east London wine bar – and that’s no bad thing in our book. We’ve been loving the recent crop of wine bar restaurants popping up lately, including Weino BIB, St Paul, and Forest Bar and Kitchen and now there’s Sapling to add to that list. It’s opening on Kingsland Road just a few doors down from Chick ‘n’ Sours and is promising lots of interesting wines, a short menu of seasonal small plates, as well as a ‘larder’ selection of cheese and charcuterie.
On the wine front, there’s going to be a selection of biodynamic and low-intervention wines from small producers, including a number of ‘grower’ champagnes (those operating outside the dominance of the big houses) and other more unusual sparkling wines. There’s also going to be 100 wines available by the bottle and via Coravin so you’ll be able to sample some pretty special wines without splurging on the whole bottle.
In charge of the food is head chef Jon Beeharry, who’s done the rounds in the area having previously been at Bistrotheque and Market Cafe, and he’s made a menu to complement the wines rather than the other way around. We’re loving the sound of Dexter beef tartar with egg yolk and Ossau Iraty cheese as well as the Middle White pork terrine with white grape and watercress.
Opens Thurs 8th March 2018
378 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA