As anybody who has learn this weblog earlier than would know, Kappys, only a brief stroll from our house in Guildford, is one in every of our common eating spots – all the time positive of a heat welcome and excellent meals on this transformed cottage on Swan Street.
They have a seasonally altering menu, however all the time as properly have black boarded specials which frequently throw up delights – because it did on a current go to when the specials included octopus carpaccio as an entrée, and bacalao, the fantastic smoked cod dish – I had to have each!
The wine record at Kappys, whereas not notably in depth, has a variety of types, varieties and areas on supply and on this event we selected an Italian wine, from the Puglia area, Rasciatano Tenute created from Nero di Troia – deep and darkish purple, virtually black, it has aromas of cherries and raspberries, with a medium bodied palate of plums, liquorice and spice – very good accompaniment to hearty Italian fare.
The juicy Fremantle octopus, sliced very thinly, was fanned across the plate – a slurp of olive oil, a touch of lemon, scattered capers and a salad of rocket, cucumber, tomato and olives accomplished the image – a superb dish certainly.
Our different starter, Pizza Bianca – crispy pizza, sprinkled with oil and salt and accompanied by a small bowl of bolognaise sauce for dipping – spot on.
Now to the mains – and the bacalao, having been soaked for some hours to take away a lot of the preserving salt and to soften it up, had been fried with tomato, potato, olives and a touch of chilli – the fish flakingy tender and salty, absorbing the sauce – very properly accomplished, a wonderful instance of rustic house fashion cooking.
Swordfish steaks and squid cooked in a chilli, tomato and olive sauce is a perennial favorite and is a everlasting fixture on the menu and it lived up to expectations – succulent and tender fish, the squid retaining a pleasing firmness, whereas the spice degree good to convey a glow and a gleam of perspiration. The dish got here with a number of greens – potato, carrots amongst them. Another nicely turned out dish.
Once once more we got here away from Kappys very completely satisfied certainly – the meals is all the time on level, the atmosphere as when you have been being invited right into a household house, pleasant, welcoming, the wine supporting the heartiness of the meals – we shall be returning little question very quickly.