Saf’Ole Fusion Tapas @ Ole Tapas Bar 10.11.2019

What happens if you cross Spanish food with Punjabi?

The answer was on the plates (and in my belly 😋) at the Saf’Ole Event in Wolverton Park

When I heard that one of my favourite street food vendors Saf’s Kitchen was working on a special event with a much loved indie restaurant Ole Tapas Bar in Wolverton Park, I squealed.

You see, when Safia Ali, the culinary queen behind Saf’s Kitchen puts her mind to something, it not only happens, it always results in something mighty tasty.

Her punjabi street food often boggles the mind, always balancing huge flavours and big spicy kicks in such a delicate way that you pick up on all the different elements in each mouthful.

If you’ve ever been to a street food event in Milton Keynes, there’s a good chance you are familiar with her pakoras or samosas or maybe her Butter Chicken curry, which are all easily ranked in my favourite foods.

Saf’s Kitchen food doesn’t stop there.

Over the years I’ve tasted the ingenious Punjabi Scotch Egg (with beautiful runny yolk), I’ve had Saf’s Kitchen take on a Christmas dinner (including yummy Brussels Sprouts curry) and her Butter Chicken Samosas 🤤🤤 and now… well.. keep reading!

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Ole Tapas Bar is an independently owned Spanish restaurant in Wolverton Park which serves up the very best Spanish food around.

I’ve visited for breakfast and also for a few tapas dinners which never disappoint.

Their tapas are lovely, the service is super friendly and they offer specials as well as their impressive tapas and paella menus.

My favourite dish is their Arroz Negro, a squid ink rice made to order with fresh cuttlefish and prawns. It’s just dreamy. 🤤

Ole is also situated just along from the MK Biergarten which makes Wolverton Park a proper hotspot destination for both food and drink in Milton Keynes.

So what happens when two local culinary juggernauts come together? This. 👇🏻

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And here’s what went on the plates and into my belly. 👇🏻😍👇🏻

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We started the meal with big bowls of Bread & Mini Poppadoms, both served together in big bowls with three dips – Mango Chutney, Ole’s garlic aioli and Saf’s Onion Chutney (did you know you can buy jars of this delicious red chutney – Contact Saf’s Kitchen for it!).

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All the courses were presented as sharing platters, making for a very cute sharing feast.

First starters platter was loaded with (from Left to Right) Tandoori Prawns, Butter Chicken Croquettes, Pardon Peppers and Beetroot & Carrot and Spinach Pakoras.

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In the middle is the Butter Chicken Croquettes and they were sooo tastyyyy!

Who knew that the delicious chicken croquettes that Ole serve up everyday could be infused with Saf’s Butter Chicken to become this doubly delicious light, fluffy, melt-in-the-mouth croquette.

Somehow somewhere these need to be available for everyone to get their mitts on.

The Tandoori Masala Prawns had a beautiful flavour, buttery, spicy but still sweet. Nom!

These were served with a generous bowl of pakoras in two varieties. Spinach and for their first ever outing Carrot & Beetroot.

Everyone at my table had pakora problems. We couldn’t stop going back for more. 😂

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We also had the vegetarian starters platter too (our table of six opted to split half meat/half veggie so we would be able to try everything). This included Tandoori Masala Aubergines, Mushroom Croquettes, Pardon Peppers (as before) and the Pakoras (as before).

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Those pakoras bowls.. 🤤

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As part of the main tapas we had Chaat Masala Bravas (both for meat eaters and vegetarians).

This punjabi take on potato bravas was really delicious. Freshly fried potatoes dusted in masala, served with green chutney and finished with pomegranate and Bombay mix style topping. Mmm.

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The perfect mix of fruity and spicy.

My friend Clare and I were saying these potatoes would be perfect as leftovers, served up for breakfast with decent sausages and all the good stuff (it was our way of saying, we want them again, for breakfast, tomorrow! 😂).

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This is the Chicken Kofta Meatballs & Eggs (below).

These melt in the mouth meatballs in a rich broth made me want to give up and only eat these forever more. They went perfectly with the hard boiled eggs too (yuh, egg and curry flavours are bomb, I LOVE THEM together!).

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The vegetarian version was Aloo Balls & Eggs (below).

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Then we had the most beautiful Tandoori Cod with Aioli in a pakora style batter but much like the cod dish in San Miguel batter that Ole do on their main menu, this punjabi twist was delicious!

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Another REALLY tasty fusion was this Saf’Ole take on a Spanish Omelette, Punjabi style (below).

Anything to do with Indian flavours and potatoes just makes me go slightly weak at the knees. This was hitting all the right spots for me. 🤤🤤

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Then the last savoury dish we had was this beautiful Bombay Aloo Biriyani Paella (below).

😍👇🏻

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Then it was time to bring on the puds!

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Platters of Gulab jamun (it’s like a solid milk doughnut in syrup, really tasty) Rice Pudding (flavoured with cardamon – my favourite milky flavour in the world!), freshly made Churros (covered in coconut sugar instead of the usual Spanish cinnamon sugar… 🤤🤤) and not one but TWO different types of sweet samosas Apple & Cinnamon and Chocolate & Hazelnut.

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Just look at those churros and try not to salivate. They were so darn good. Coconut sugar was light and fresh, none of that horribly dry coconut powder stuff that makes me want to never eat coconut. I would eat these all night long. And again in the morning. 😏🤪

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As I mentioned above. Cardamon flavouring in a milky dessert sends me a bit loopy. I do love it a lot and this rice pudding and me had a bit of moment where I cleared up the whole bowl (sorry dinner guests, not sorry 😚).

Not only did it have the cardamon flavour but it had a crispy sugar top, like a creme brûlée, yeahhh baby (below).

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And that was the end of our brilliant Spanish / Punjabi Saf’Ole meal.

Saf’Ole was a one-off ticketed event on Sunday 10 November at Ole Tapas Bar, with chefs from both businesses coming together to create this very special Spanish/Punjabi fusion tapas menu.

They held two sittings on the day and it cost £40 per person for the food (drinks were separate).

There was a very generous amount of food. I’m sure you can tell from the photos. Everyone was rubbing their bellies and rolling out of the restaurant by the end. We were all so stuffed!

Here’s a photo of us all from our table at the 3pm sitting. 👇🏻

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And while it was a one-off I have my fingers crossed there may be something announced in the near future. If you want to get involved, best bet is to stay tuned to their social media accounts for any future events as and when they get announced.

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Thanks Saf’s Kitchen and Ole Tapas Bar for putting on such a great culinary event. LOVED IT!

Ole Tapas Bar
60 The triangle building
Wolverton Park Road
MK12 5FJ
https://oletapasbar.co.uk

Saf’s Kitchen
66 Jersey Rd
Wolverton
Milton Keynes
MK12 5BH
https://www.facebook.com/SafsKitchen.mk/