De Jong, who worked as a chef before moving onto mixology a few years ago, was the natural choice to head the kitchen. The menu cleverly blends his love of food and cocktails with alcohol and other bar ingredients featured in some offerings.
As an avid flexitarian, De Jong has made sure to cater for meat and veggie lovers.
His most cracking vegan creation so far is the King Oyster Taco. Generously filled with king oyster mushrooms, ancho-chilli sauce, tequila and pineapple salsa and vegan cheese, this softshell taco was bursting with flavour — it’s a dish I’d happily return for. I say this as someone who eats meat regularly but has no objection to going without it if a meatless option is equally, or even more, delicious.
The Rum Tum Taco — undoubtedly yummy, but not as saucy is its vegan counterpart — is filled with pork belly, champagne-pickled apple salsa, rum sauce, mature cheddar and fresh mint.