Ever eaten Ox? Emily Eaves hadn’t tried it either so embraced a baptism of fire at The World’s End Market with the El Capricho menu.
The World’s End Market is such a pleasure to visit. It’s big and lofty but also manages to be warming and cosy as the evenings get darker and Summer drifts away. The beautiful bar area makes you want to sit and drink Manhattans and chat with the well dressed locals who are thrilled to have such a great neighbourhood restaurant.
They’re not resting on their laurels though. This place is constantly pushing forwards and dreaming up new and wonderful things to offer the host of regulars and foodies who flock to eat here. The latest is a collaboration with Jose Gordon, a Spanish ‘farmer’ who in fact produces some of the world’s best meats and is also owner of a world renowned but entirely understated restaurant in the tiny village of Jimenez de Jamuz in Spain.
Gordon’s Galician meats are on offer at The World’s End Market and it’s truly an opportunity to treat your taste buds. The passion behind these meats is outstanding – the animals roam the Spanish fields for up to 15 years before being slaughtered to give the resulting ‘buey’ meat.
Flavours are intensified by prolonged periods of hanging and maturing to ensure you are utterly bowled over. In Spain, it’s been said that Gordon has a batch of meat that’s been sitting in his air conditioned cave for over 10 years. He really, deeply cares.
The menu created at The World’s End enables you to sample the perfect selection of this produce. Starters include the Ox Tongue which has been slow cooked for 72 hours and charcoal grilled. There’s a twist to the traditional Steak Tartare, made here with Premium Ox. For true meat lovers, try the melt in your mouth carpaccio (from entrecôte) which has been matured for no less than 180 days.
Boldly claiming to be ‘possibly the best burger in the world’ the El Capricho Burger is 100 days matured. It’s also filled with deliciousness including smoked cheese and relishes. For those wanting a cleaner option, the Solomillo de Buey is a premium ox fillet steak which is utterly divine.
If you’re hardcore and you still have room, the vanilla panna cotta is beautiful and a lovely refreshing taste to end on. Definitely accompany your meal with a good bottle of red – it’s the only way. However, you can also enjoy a little after dinner drink if you potter upstairs to the Old Fashioned Bar – the walls are lined with whisky and you can enjoy a digestif on the outdoor terrace if the weather is good.
For more information visit The World’s End Market site here.
World’s End, 459 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW10 0LR
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