An organic vegetarian kitchen renowned for its creative, genuinely inventive menu will add to its East Sheen restaurant with a new site in Shoreditch. Oliveira, which is run by Brazilian-Italian chef Emerson Amélio de Oliveira and is also one of the best vegetarian restaurants in London, will open at 80 — 84 Paul Street, with the restaurant currently under construction.
Writing on Oliveira in her guide to the city’s best vegetarian restaurants, Sejal Sukhadwala said:
The first thing to be said about this homely, two-room East Sheen venue is that, although it is vegetarian, it uses some cheeses with animal rennet, including Parmesan — chef-proprietor Emerson Amélio de Oliveira strongly believes these have a superior flavour. That said, the eco-friendly venue, with sustainability at its heart, has by far the most inventive vegetarian menu in London. Oliveira comes from a Brazilian-Italian background; and this is reflected in dishes such as hand-made pastas and risottos, alongside the use of Amazonian fruit and veg. There are plenty of dishes with breadfruit and jackfruit sourced from Tooting market; and speciality items such as dende oil, phytoplankton, and vegan faux gras. Some of the over-ambitious dishes don’t quite come off, but ‘nduja sausage’ made from jackfruit seeds and flesh, cassava, and smoked paprika impresses with its subtle spiciness; and a trio of Amazonian fruit sorbets made from açai, cupuaçu and pitaya taste like frozen nail polish — in the nicest possible way. A new site in Shoreditch is coming soon.
While this particular part of Shoreditch may be low on weekend footfall — with Oliveira’s East Sheen location an all-day space — the chef will be hoping to establish at as a destination in the same way as the original.
More soon on the opening date.