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French style has a simple aesthetic to it: understated, classy, inherently comfortable. The same can be said of Brawn, which comes from the team behind Terroirs and Soif. Sitting on Columbia Road, it occupies an airy building full of bric-a-brac furniture; stepping inside is like slipping on your most comfortable Breton-striped jumper. The daily changing menu of robust peasant cooking offers charcuterie along with simple small and large dishes, such as satisfyingly sizeable, chewy mounds of pork rillettes served with Hackney wild sourdough and vinegar-sharp cornichons (a mainstay on the menu). Next might come fall-apart silky white Atlantic cod, teamed with hispi cabbage and carrots; or confit rabbit mongetes, with white beans adding a sturdy, rustic touch. The wine list focuses on natural wines from small growers, with a bias towards France. Visit on Sunday lunchtime for the reasonable £28 three-course meal, after a trip around the flower market. 


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  1. Today, in our wanderings, we ended up in front of Brawn and my companion declared: WE MUST EAT HERE. He told me that apparently, Brawn is “Nuno Mendez favourite’s restaurant” – disclaimer before I get a call from some lawyer: I have found no evidence of this anywhere else so he was probably just trying to BS me- and who am I, with my feeble remarks that the weekend before payday AND house moving is not the best one for dining in what looked like some fairly posh French bistro, to compete with the divine maker of Viajante and The Corner Room? Nobody. So Brawn it was. A quick googling told me Brawn is been there since...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 2 July 2013

    Drifting Epicure :: Brawn

    Brawn is a homely small restaurant located in the heart of Columbia road which transforms to a busy flower market every Sunday. The location cannot suit better for this rustic neighbourhood restaurant much similar in style to St. JOHN Bar and Restaurant. Making a booking can be a good idea, especially around lunch time. It filled up fairly quickly after we arrived early afternoon. It’s a sibling of wine bar/restaurant Terroirs which is known for its organic wine list so naturally you’ll find a few quirky bottles at Brawn as well...
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  1. Brawn is one of our all time favourite restaurants in London. The setting is brilliant, the ambiance cosy and perfect for a weekend lunch and the food is stunning. Without a doubt a great dining venue and they deserve all the praise they get...
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  1. I consider Brawn to be one of the most underrated restaurants in London (same goes for their sister restaurant Terroirs). Each time I’ve been I couldn’t help but overeat…the dishes are that good and this time was no exception.

    In my opinion, Brawn is the perfect restaurant for a chilled Saturday or Sunday lunch. I love the fact that the big windows let so much light in and the view of the picturesque shops of the neighbouring Commercial road makes for a lovely backdrop to the dining experience...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 2 May 2013

    vialaporte :: Brawn // Hackney // London

    Hackney, once a bit of an urban wasteland has now become a new home for the ever growing creative scene in London. As Shoreditch has undergone its gentrification, those who look for a more edgy vibe have made the move north-east. Broadway Market, Columbia Road and surrounds have become havens for pleasure seekers – with drinking, eating and relaxing high on the agenda. One now well established resident with a growing reputation for good food and drink is Brawn. A snout to tail sort of place and sister restaurant to Covent Garden’s Terroirs.

    Brawn specialises in all things porcine and a great selection of...
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Essential Details for Brawn

  • Address: 49 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
  • Telephone: 020 7729 5692
  • Email: enquiries@brawn.co
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -4pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm (Fri-Sat -11pm)

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