I am quite a "picky" eater. Not in terms of me being fussy. On the contrary, I'm far from that, but more in the way I eat. I'd much rather have lots of bits of food I can nibble on than a big meal, especially when I'm meeting up with friends. So when Sarah suggested we meet up and go to Lunya, my taste-buds were instantly ignited. Having been to the restaurant a few times before, I knew that choosing the dishes I wanted was not going to be a problem.
Each selecting three dishes from the menu, we sat back, and waited for our food to arrive. Mixing the familiar with the more unknown, we chose Salt Fish Sliders, Croquetas, Cabrales (a very strong blue cheese,) Cauliflower Bunuelos (deep friend cauliflower,) Black pudding, and Piquillo Pepper Hummus. (Apologies for not being more specific with the dishes, but I can't seem to re-find them online!)
The black pudding was unquestionably one of my favourite, and something which, to be honest, I'm surprised I hadn't ordered before. Cooked to perfection, melt-in-the-mouth and accompanied by onions and peppers, it was flavourful without being too heavy, which is something you don't really want as part of a tapas dish.
The salt cod sliders came in second place in competition for my foodie affections. I was a little scared that the fish might be like whitebait (which I am really not a fan of,) but it was deliciously light, and I almost wish there had been more than just one to have each.
The bunuelos and the croquetas added that crunchy element to the meal which I love. We did not ask as to what flavour the croquetas were, but they did remind me of the bitterballen that Boyfriend and I sampled in The Netherlands.
The only dishes that left me a little perplexed were the hummus and the cabrales. On the menu it stated that the dishes included pastry cases but when they arrived, the dips were plated alongside what seemed more like mini bread sticks, with no apparent filling. It wasn't enough to raise the confusion with a member of staff, but it certainly left me a bit confused because it was unexpected. The lack of pastry did disappoint me a little, and I don't think I would order either of the two dishes again. Aside from my love-hate relationship with bread, it was too similar to something I could make for myself at home.
Whether it's somewhere to rest your weary feet after a day's shopping and enjoy a glass of sangria, for date nights or dinner with friends, it's definitely worth giving Lunya a try. With a vast menu and warm atmosphere, there's definitely something to please everyone.
For more information, or to peruse the menu, click here.