In many fairy tales, food plays a magical role and brings everyday wonder to the table.
Now, Spring Gardens restaurant Six by Nico is bringing fairy tales to food with a new menu full of nostalgia.
Inspired by some of our most-loved fairy tales, ‘Once Upon a Time’ will showcase a culinary wonderland that takes guests on a journey through the huggable bear from Peru’s adventures in London, across the dark and mysterious forest that surrounds the Beast’s Castle and into the river with the Ugly Duckling as he matures into a majestic Swan – the most beautiful bird of all.
Who we become as adults is largely influenced by the stories we were told, and our favourite fairy tales may be one of the most important cultural influences from our childhood. Great stories will suspend our disbelief, provide an escape from reality, and transport us to fantastical worlds.
From hay baked potato mousseline that would see Oliver asking for more to cured and torched sea trout that would tickle Doc Spencer with happiness, the enchanting ‘Once Upon a Time’ menu will run from Tuesday 1st February – Sunday 13th March 2022.
What’s on the menu?
The magical six course menu starts with Oliver Twist – Please Sir Can I Have Some More, which features confit potato, hay baked potato mousseline, preserved wild garlic and pickled onion, followed by Paddington Bear Marmalade, with sourdough bruschetta, ox cheek ragout, mushroom XO marmalade and truffle.
These are followed by Matilda – Hey Dip Face, Have A Carrot! which sees whole baked tandoori carrot served with carrot remoulade, carrot top pesto, saffron pickled carrot and citrus goats curd.
Danny, Champion of the World, Let’s Go trout Poaching offers cured and torched Loch Etive sea trout with smoked bone veloute and dill dressing, artichoke, sea herbs, bergamot gel and salted cucumber; while The Ugly Duckling, The Most Beautiful features duck leg boulangere with pickled walnut, salsify, toasted cereal, pear and fig.
A perfectly joyful ending to the food story will leave guests happy ever after with a truly delicious dessert inspired by Beauty and the Beast; The Last Rose Petal includes mascarpone cream, rose, hibiscus and rhubarb.
As well as vegetarian alternatives, the ‘Once Upon a Time’ menu offers a Mary Poppins – Spoonful of Sugar aperitif and Fantastic Mr Fox – Farmer Bunce’s Liver and Doughnuts as a side snack.
“Our ‘Once Upon A Time’ theme is a gastronomic journey through the enchanting realm of fairy tales and folklore,” said chef Nico Simeone.
“It’s also a new chapter for Six by Nico restaurants as we introduce a new wave of engaging themes that provide our customers with unique food and drink experiences”.
‘Once Upon a Time’ will run from Tuesday 1st February – Sunday 13th March 2022 at Six by Nico, 60 Spring Gardens. The menu is priced at £32 per person, with a wine and specialist drinks pairing for an additional £27. There is a vegetarian alternative available for every course.