Friday 18 October 2013

Al-Desko Dining: Victus & Bibo

Victus & Bibo sounds like it should be a posh wine bar.  Or a Roman drinking club's motto.  But it's not; it's a stall selling Turkish-style wraps.

Leather Lane is home to a plethora of food stalls, and thank goodness for it – this GrubsterBoy would get very fed up eating at his desk whilst trying to flick through the latest business developments if it weren't.

Victus & Bibo keep it simple: minced lamb, beautifully spiced, with chargrilled halloumi and parsley tabbouleh salad, smothered in lashings of tahini and chili sauce, all wrapped up tightly in a wrap. 

It's a great piece.  The tabbouleh is perfect – all salad and light on the bulgar wheat, unlike the eccentricities that often make it onto British menus and which, nice as they are, are thoroughly unauthentic.  Here it's the ideal rejoinder to the spicy lamb. 

The halloumi's good too, adding a bit of texture to what is otherwise essentially a mince wrap.  That said, you could quite easily lose the halloumi without really undermining the meal generally – so if you want to save your wallet (and your waistline) just a bit, don’t go feeling it's mandatory.

One thing:  The queue when you get there is pretty off-putting – stretching as it does around the stall and on still further.  But don’t be deterred – it moves quickly, and the reward is well worth the effort.

 - GrubsterBoy -

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