One of my favourite bars announced they were upping their food game recently. Heads & Tales has always offered light bites to be eaten alongside food, but the new menu is worth visiting for alone!
Heads & Tales is predominantly a gin bar, so we started with two of their gin cocktails. I noticed that this menu was new too and while it didn’t look as exciting as the previous one, the cocktails really delivered.
The new menu has a distinct Asian flavour with a selection of bao, dumplings, and satay. I was a little concerned, this kind of food is nearly always best enjoyed at a dedicated Asian restaurant, and almost never a complete success when it’s served in this kind of setting. Heads & Tales however have absolutely pulled this menu off – it feels really authentic and good quality (read: I don’t think they’ve just popped down to the local Chinese supermarket).
Deeply flavoured beef on a steaming bun. This is a larger version than the ones I’ve seen before, perfect for one as a large snack, or if you can manage to divide it, it’s big enough to share.
Har gow is a traditional Cantonese dumpling. These ones were filled with minced King Prawn and served with a Red Thai sauce. I could have sat and eaten these all night (at £5 for 3, that’s wholly possible). I need to go back to try the Pork Sui Gyoza.
The Chicken Satay were well fired (I suspect over a charcoal grill), they look overcooked in the picture, but on the contrary they were some of the best I’ve had – using what tasted like thigh instead of breast, which just dries out.
The Okonomiyaki Disco Fries were a fusion of fries with Asian toppings, the flaked bonito brought the whole thing together. If you’re looking for something to share that will fill you up as you drink, go for these, the portion is bigger than you might expect.
On this occasion dessert is absolute must. Whoever dreamt up the idea of popping a Rolo inside a bao, and then serving it with miso caramel sauce deserves a Blue Peter badge (remember those!). Not even joking when I say it’s one of the best desserts I’ve had recently – and in a world of Sticky Toffee Pudding and Chocolate Brownie, is a blessed relief from the norm.
I highly recommend you go along and indulge in a grazing evening of cocktails and dim sum here, you won’t regret it!