Tucked into Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel, a grand Edwardian building in East London, the understated dining space of Da Terra provides a calming backdrop to chef Rafael Cagali’s experimental, elegant cuisine. The São Paulo-born chef started his career in a nondescript Fulham brasserie before moving to Italy and Spain to work under heralded names of the likes of Stefano Baiocco and Martin Berasategui. Later returning to the UK, he joined the kitchens of Heston Blumenthal and Simon Rogan before opening Da Terra in 2019, where he put his technical experience and experiential intuition to good use by skilfully weaving the flavours of his home country into captivating, colourful plates. At Da Terra, diners must trust the kitchen as there’s no menu to refer to. Instead, Cagali and his team serve a blind tasting experience, guiding guests through each dish over a three-hour period. Courses build at each iteration, with reinventions of Brazillian classics, such as Moqueca and edible Caipirinha defying expectation. For a special experience experience, its newly added private dining space Na Mesa comes with its own kitchen, staff and bedroom for a sense of total seclusion.
8 Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9NF