1 Michelin Star Chefs: Paulo Airaudi and Rafael Cagali, Da Terra

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 11th October 2019

Paulo Airaudi and Rafael Cagali are the joint chef owners of Da Terra in London's Bethnal Green.

Opened in January 2019, the restaurant is the brainchild of The Fat Duck graduates Paulo Airaudo and Rafael Cagali, located on the site of Lee Westcott's (now at Michelin-starred Pensons) former establishment, The Typing Room. Prior to this, the site was occupied by Nuno Mendes' Viajante. 

Da Terra

Da Terra

8 Patriot Square, London E2 9NF

Telephone: 020 7062 2052

Website: https://daterra.co.uk/

Reservations: bookatable.co.uk

Monday Closed

Tuesday 4-10pm

Wednesday 12-3pm, 6-10pm

Thursday 12-3pm, 6-10pm

Friday 12-3pm, 6-10pm

Saturday 12-2pm, 6-9:30pm

Sunday 12-6pm

Career path to date

Paulo Airaudo, though born in Argentina, is of Italian descent. He has worked in restaurants around the world, namely in Mexico and Peru, as well as at  Arzak in San Sebastián, The Fat Duck in London and Magnolia in Italy.

The chef also owns Michelin-starred San Sebastián restaurant, Amelia. 

Meanwhile, chef Rafael Cagali was born in São Paulo, Brazil but is also of Italian descent. He moved to London to work in kitchens aged 21, followed by a 3-year bout working with Stefano Baiocco at A Villa Feltrinelli.

The young chef then moved to Spain to work for Quique Dacosta and Martin Berasategui before joining the team at The Fat Duck. The chef  helped open Fera at Claridges and took on the role of head chef at eight-seater development kitchen, Aulis, alongside Simon Rogan. 

What the guides say

Michelin:

Michelin star

Harden's: 

Hardens Nuno

Da Terra 

Meaning 'From the ground' in Italian, he restaurant reflects both the chefs' Latin American upbringing and their Italian roots. 

A nine-course tasting menu is served with a wine (and beer, and spirits) flight curated by sommelier Eugenio Egorov, consisting of dishes such as short rib, artichoke, shimeji, chard and banana farofa, or Zacapa Rum ice cream, caviar and avocado (served with champagne, in a match described by The Telegraph food critic Hilary Armstrong  as  "a thoughtful, purist study in fat")

The open kitchen of this restaurant, set in the Town Hall Hotel on Patriot Square, gives onto a restaurant of white-tableclothed round tables set on herringbone parquet. The chefs bring each dish to the table and explain them in great detail. 

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 11th October 2019

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Paulo Airaudi and Rafael Cagali, Da Terra