Well done Casamia, winner of Gordon Ramsay’s best restaurant

10 Nov

As you know we supply Lahloo Tea to fabulous cafe-bars, gastro-pubs, restaurants, delis and spa hotels around Bristol, Bath, the Cotswolds, Devon and Wales. I love working with the truly inspirational people we supply (we wouldn’t be here  – they are all doing something very special in their own way. It’s great to see them being rewarded!

Our customers are on a roll! From Best Dining Pubs 2010 (see the post right here) to the Best New Cheese Retailer – Runner Up 2010 at The British Cheese Awards (well done Dave and Debbie at Arch House Deli) and now Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant 2010 – the superb Casamia in Westbury-on-Trym.

First of all, huge Congratulations to you all at Casamia! You deserve it!

Secondly, what makes them so special in our eyes. Always one to hunt out new and interesting places, I came across Casamia and was intrigued by their amazing menu. When I was treated to dinner by my wonderful other half for our wedding anniversary, I was blown away. Down an unassuming alleyway in a suburb of Bristol was a hidden gem!

Casamia - hidden gem!

At the heart of this little Italian restaurant is a truly lovely family – the Sanchez-Inglesias’. Mama and Papa, Paco and Susan, ran Casamia before, in 2006, their sons – Jonray and Peter – took over with their experimental, ground-breaking, boundary-pushing fabulous Italian inspired food. Now, eating at Casamia was a real experience and I loved it. Not surprisingly the young chefs, only in their twenties, soon won a much coveted Michelin Star. The boys are inspirational and full of new ideas – some of which I have been sworn to secrecy on!

The family behind Casamia

I spent some wonderful afternoons tasting and discovering tea with the boys and their passion for ingredients was exciting. It was their appreciation of ingredients as a holistic sensory experience that stood out for me. Just like the liquid nitrogen they used in the final to create the fresh aromas of lemon groves on the Amalfi Coast! We finally chose a list and began working out just how to serve each one. They have been serving Lahloo Tea beautifully since the summer this year. Thank you for your enthusiasm and interest, boys.

When the boys told me they’d entered, I was so happy for them. And now, I’m even happier. Well done!

Visit their site at: http://www.casamiarestaurant.co.uk/

or follow Casamia chefs Pete and Jon Sanchez on Twitter


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