‘It is gastronomy which so studies men and things that everything worth being known is carried from one country to another, so that an intelligently planned feast is like a summing-up of the whole world, and where each part is represented by its envoys.’
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, ‘The Physiology of Taste’ (1825)
The Viajante experience is one which we believe communicates narrative in a fashion which echoes Brillat-Savarin’s sage observation. Proudly, Viajante has convened a community of travellers here in East London, whose personal experiences are translated in the kitchen and in the dining room. The totality of these is our restaurant’s narrative; what we have to say is how we interpret the world around us.
Nuno and his team have devised a course in two parts that articulates this idea: ‘Bacalhau dos Mundos’ (cod of the world). This dish showcases the cod fish; a species that can be found throughout the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It is as likely to be prepared in Norway as it is in Japan, Brazil or right the way around the Mediterranean. For this reason, we have come to identify cod as a traveller much like ourselves. The first iteration of this dish is inspired by Nuno’s admiration for Japanese cuisine while the second is a modern interpretation of a Portuguese staple. In short, we are celebrating this humble white flesh fish as a motif of our traveller’s spirit with a nod to our origins too.
Gastronomy was a new and little respected science when Brillat-Savarin was its envoy. It is our pleasure to heed his wisdom and to show you his meaning in the expression of our community’s diverse experiences rendered as one, here at Viajante.
In it’s ninth year, Taste of London festival featured food from all over the world and an array of Michelin Star chefs. This year, Nuno and the team took Corner Room to the masses, serving up some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes including the Cod Porridge and Iberico Pork with Portuguese Bread Pudding.