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Camino Shoreditch: Tapas chain sets up in Principal Place

PUBLISHED: 11:41 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 13 December 2017

The interior of Camino Shoreditch, inspired by the Castile y Le�n region. Picture: Tom Bird

The interior of Camino Shoreditch, inspired by the Castile y Le�n region. Picture: Tom Bird

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Nearly a decade after plans for Principal Place were mooted, some of the massive development between Norton Folgate, Curtain Road and Worship Street has finally been built – and tapas restaurant Camino is one of the first businesses to open there.

Camino Shoreditch in Curtain Road. Picture: Tom BirdCamino Shoreditch in Curtain Road. Picture: Tom Bird

With a 50-storey skyscraper still to come, you can already find Camino around the back of Shoreditch High Street off Curtain Road.

It’s the fifth London site opened by Hispanophile Richard Bigg who launched the original Camino in Kings Cross a decade ago.

While it’s a chain there are some choices dreamed up by head chef Nacho del Campo exclusively for the menu.

The Ibérico pork ribs marinated in Moscatel sounded tempting – and they are obviously popular because they were sold out when my friend and I paid a visit. All the old favourites are still here however, like crispy skinned patatas bravas (£4.50), acorn-fed free-range Ibérico ham (£9.75), ham croquettes (£5.50) and the signature arroz negro dish (£6).

The Iberico ham and fresh olives at Camino. Picture: Emma BartholomewThe Iberico ham and fresh olives at Camino. Picture: Emma Bartholomew

A succulent ox cheek is on the menu for winter, and served with smoked Idiazabal cheese and olive oil mash (£8.75).

The eclectic décor is inspired by the Castile y León region, and a mixture of tiled floors, vintage posters, dusty pink walls, reclaimed timber and tan leather seating, create a vibrant and relaxed space.

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