We admit if you are based anywhere central/ west London this place is a bit of a pain to get to, but trust me if you like East London hip restaurants that are off the beaten track, then this is the place to go. It’s unpretentious neon sign and bare brick walls in the small restaurant is inviting. The reception is small and they took their time to find the reservation but this adds to the charm. All of the minimalist furnishings suit the Hackney interior; simple, honest and local.
The waitress explained that two out of the three options we fancied were sold out/un-orderable..damn. So instead for starter we ordered the bloody Mary tartare, and the smoked salmon with beetroot & rye bread. Although our previous orders were turned down we were satisfied as the tartare, as this was incredibly tasty with the deep red tomato and tabasco, The twist on this classic steak tartar worked well and I applause the chef for his originality. The smoked salmon was fresh, lightly smoked and salty served with rye bread. The only criticism was that we were disappointed that most of the dishes we fancied were unavailable/sold out even at 7.30 on a Saturday night.
For main course, we ordered the hake and the silver side of beef. My beef was cooked to my liking; medium rare and was well pared with the peppercorn sauce that accompanied it. The hake was milky and melted in mouth. Both dishes could have had more seasoning but the dishes on the whole worked well. Our side orders of mixed vegetables were al dente but have to say the portions were a little underwhelming.
All in all the service was good; friendly yet simple. The food was well cooked, creative although a little limited and the atmosphere was very East end – which we love.
Based on availability of the food, the lax waitresses which ties in with the Shoreditch vibe we give this place:
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