Lunya is a restaurant based on College Lane within Liverpool One, serving up Catalan cuisine with some dishes paying homage to the Scouse link. It has recommended in the Good Food Guide since 2011. There are many strong tapas offerings in the city in Neon Jamon and Salt House Tapas and we wanted to complete the set with Lunya which seems to get rave reviews.
We visited one lunchtime and took advantage of the lunchtime offer of 3 tapas and bread for £10.75. Dishes we picked included:
Piquillo pepper stuffed with Bonito tuna, creamed cheese, parsley and cornichons. Whilst sounding interesting we were dissapointed when presented with a lone pepper with a filling not disimilar to tuna mayonnaise. Not the best start.
The 18month cured Trevelez Serrano ham fared much better, a quality ham given the price.
A locally inspired dish of Catalan scouse with Morcilla and chorizo. This was Mrs Nom's first scouse, sadly it was too thick and gloopy and was in much need of more sauce.
Lamb tagine with cous cous and yoghurt. The lamb was moist and well flavoured.
Gambas pil pil with chilli garlic and vanilla, we were surprised to see they were served with the shells removed, I suppose it made it easier for us to eat it but I prefer the shells intact for the flavour. The addition of the vanilla was interesting.
Confit chicken wings with a spicy mojo picon sauce, probably the best dish of the lot with well cooked chicken wings and a punchy sauce.
For our first experience of Lunya it didn't quite live up to the hype for us, maybe the full a la carte menu would fair better. Service also seemed to be an issue with only one waitress taking orders and handling bills whilst the others were only allowed to clear tables so the wait at the end was a bit lengthy.