There’s nothing peculiar about these dishes...
MOROCCAN lamps, a random mirror collection, pop art...Odd’s interior is, well, odd. In the NQ haunt’s various alcoves you’ll find a reindeer head strung with fairy lights and cool magazines aplenty while eclectic animal wallpaper jostles alongside artsy graffiti.
The menu boasts an equally diverse medley. National favourites - think brioche burgers and triple decker sarnies - make a bold appearance, while vegetarians are well catered for with the likes of beetroot and falafel koftas. Made from five different beans, plus a scatter of coriander and a twist of cumin, these hearty koftas come served with homemade chutney. You’ll find them in the ‘small plate’ section.
As we found on our visit, fellow small plates are just as enticing. Crispy pulled pork parcels with sticky soy and sesame were a Confidential winner: pork braised for four hours in a homemade stock, encased within buttery layers of filo pastry. We were equally taken with barbecue chorizo and piquillo peppers (as scrumptious as the title implies). We’ll be back to try some more of the small plates but, meantime, had to save some room for mains.
Another Odd feature is dishes you wouldn’t so easily find elsewhere. A roast sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry was therefore our first port of call. Cooked in a homemade sauce - including red onion for a subtle kick - and accompanied by rice boiled in coconut milk for extra stickiness, this came with a refreshing mango chutney and pitta breads for dipping. It was almost enough to turn us vegetarian...
Ah but then we couldn’t have tried the noodle hangar salad. Showing that salad doesn’t have to be yawn-worthy, this added crispy noodles, seared steak and homemade sweet chilli sauce to the mix. Oh, and crushed sticky glazed peanuts for extra crunch.
In fact, you’ll find plenty of bite across the whole menu: whether plumping for Moroccan beet and bean burger, a fish finger bloomer or Loony Halloumi wrap. You’d be loony indeed to miss it.