NE1 Reviews: Kaltur
Say hola to another new addition to NE1's High Bridge, now considered the city's swankiest spot for food, drinks and cool businesses.
Kaltur is a place for tapas, but also authentic Spanish mains - offering a mix of delicious dishes, flavours and tipples we haven't found anywhere else in the city. It's teeny tiny, sitting around 35 people, but that only adds to its charm. It's cosy, without being claustrophobic. Intimate, without feeling like you're sitting on top of fellow diners. It's warm, without being tropical - you can leave your fans and flip-flops at home.
Spaniards run this joint, so rest assured that you're getting the real deal. The waiting staff know the food and drink menus inside out, top to bottom, and a few of their recommendations ended up stealing the show for us, so don't be afraid to ask them for advice and suggestions.
Like your vino? Then you'll love it here. The reds are rich and robust, the rose is deliciously sweet and the fizzy stuff is of the highest quality.
Having access to the best Spanish produce around these parts, you expect Kaltur's food to be top-notch - and it is. We kicked things off with a pick of moreish nibbles - roasted almonds, fried maize and a selection of olives to snack on. Next up: tasty sharing boards packed with a cured Spanish meats, cheese and a dozen tapas dishes.
Sharing is caring when it comes to Spanish dining, and after devouring the mixed meat sharing board, we could hardly wait to get stuck in and tackle a number of tasty tapas treats. The stand-outs were the black pudding, the tuna loin and the baby broad beans. There's a handful of mains, some with meat, others with seafood and a couple of vegetarian options too.
For mains we went for the red tuna, which arrived medium-rare and melt-in-the-mouth and the slow-cooked lamb on a bed of fragrant and fluffy cous-cous.
Something sweet to finish? You'll find three fuss-free desserts on the menu.