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Chorizo Ciabatta @ Moka

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published November 19th 2012
On the menu it is called 'il gordo' something or other but, in plain ordinary English, to you and me it is a chorizo ciabatta. In general, I don't like sausages, but I do have a soft spot for this spicy Spanish kind.

The dish came beautifully presented, and looked very tempting. The top layer was nice and crunchy, while the bottom piece was soft from absorbing all the juices.

As you can see, the filling included a top layer of rocket, long slithers of red pepper, and slices of chorizo sausage, all complimented with a drizzle of chilli sauce.

At first, I found the dressing a little too hot for my taste, but I think that is because initially it was combined with the already peppery rocket. When I got to the sweet peppers, however, the two complimented each other to a tee.

I was disappointed when I first bit into the chorizo; although it tasted nice, it was far to thick and chewy. Turned out I needn't have worried. I had merely been served with the end bit of the sausage. The rest of the chorizo was sliced much more thinly like fine salami pieces.

At 6.50, it made a very filling and satisfying lunch, especially when ordering a side of fries at 2.50 to go with it.
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Why? Juicy and crunch lunch
When: Mon-Fri: 7.30am-6pm, Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 9am-5pm
Where: Bentalls Centre, Kingston, Centre Court Wimbledon, and Ashley Centre, Epsom
Cost: 6.50, plus 2.50 for fries
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