As anyone who has read this blog before would know, Kappys, just a short stroll from our house in Guildford, is one of our regular dining spots – always sure of a warm welcome and very good food in this converted cottage on Swan Street.
They have a seasonally changing menu, but always as well have black boarded specials which often throw up delights – as it did on a recent visit when the specials included octopus carpaccio as an entrée, and bacalao, the wonderful smoked cod dish – I had to have both!
The wine list at Kappys, while not particularly extensive, has a range of styles, varieties and regions on offer and on this occasion we chose an Italian wine, from the Puglia region, Rasciatano Tenute made from Nero di Troia – deep and dark red, almost black, it has aromas of cherries and raspberries, with a medium bodied palate of plums, liquorice and spice – very nice accompaniment to hearty Italian fare.
The juicy Fremantle octopus, sliced very thinly, was fanned around the plate – a slurp of olive oil, a dash of lemon, scattered capers and a salad of rocket, cucumber, tomato and olives completed the picture – a fine dish indeed.
Our other starter, Pizza Bianca – crispy pizza, sprinkled with oil and salt and accompanied by a small bowl of bolognaise sauce for dipping – spot on.
Now to the mains – and the bacalao, having been soaked for some hours to remove much of the preserving salt and to soften it up, had been fried with tomato, potato, olives and a dash of chilli – the fish flakingy tender and salty, soaking up the sauce – very well done, a fine example of rustic home style cooking.
Swordfish steaks and squid cooked in a chilli, tomato and olive sauce is a perennial favourite and is a permanent fixture on the menu and it lived up to expectations – succulent and tender fish, the squid retaining a pleasant firmness, while the spice level just right to bring a glow and a gleam of perspiration. The dish came with a selection of vegetables – potato, carrots among them. Another well turned out dish.
Once again we came away from Kappys very happy indeed – the food is always on point, the ambience as if you were being invited into a family home, friendly, welcoming, the wine supporting the heartiness of the food – we will be returning no doubt very soon.