Saturday, 2 June 2018

Yakumama At The Old Co-Op Rochdale Road Todmorden 1st June 2018

Yakumama is a Latin American street food vendor, run by Hannah and Marcelo, who trade at markets and festivals and regularly host at Grub.   Yakumama caught my eye with their fabulous vegan and vegetarian menu at a pop up at The Old Co-Op in Todmorden, so I booked two tickets.   The name Yakumama means Mother Water, a mythical water goddess portrayed as a snake, believed to inhabit the Amazon river.

The Co-Op is a lovely open, high ceiling building and used to be a vegetarian cafe and shop, which sadly closed and is now used as a pop up space.

The menu had loads of vegan options and when I enquired about drinks, was told all the beers and wines were vegan friendly too, so we ordered a bottle of Gran Cerdo white Rioja (not sure of the significance of a pigs head on the label though).

We kicked off with starters of guacamole and corn arepas, very much like thick pancakes and coconut ceviche tostadas.

The starters were delicious, light and fluffy arepas were perfect for scooping the guacamole and crispy tostadas loaded with mango, coconut and refreshing lime juice, we could not fault either dish.

Mains were Brazilian sweet potato and coconut curry, tamales with charred red pepper sauce and cassava fries with aioli and hot sauce.

The mains did not disappoint either, they were packed with flavour and I loved the addition of cashew cream, pickled sweetcorn, micro herbs and sauces, adding different tastes and textures, satisfying spot on dishes.

Dessert was spiced cherry empanada with chocolate coconut ice cream, impossible to resist, although we had to share one, as we were quite full at this point.

This dish was fantastic too, with a mega chocolatey ice cream, pairing so well with the spiced cherries, a perfect end to the meal.

I was impressed with the whole experience, the food was excellent, service was really friendly and the place is a fabulous venue.   I could see Hannah and Marcelo preparing the food at the open counter and it was a calm operation running like a fine tuned Swiss watch.

I will be looking out for future pop ups Yakumama host, with a return visit to The Co-Op on the 13th and 14th July, what a shame I am otherwise engaged.   Highly recommended.

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