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The ‘second’ restaurant at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel offers the wallet-friendly bistro alternative to Typing Room’s fine-dining option. But don’t wander up to this tiny wood-panelled corner of the hotel with steak frites or comfort food in mind. Corner Room’s new chef John Christie (ex-Claude Bosi) is sticking with the innovation-on-a-budget precedent set by previous incumbent Nuno Mendes (which means the £19/£23 set lunch stays put) and is not about to play it safe. To begin, we found raw beef, hazelnuts, egg yolk and turnip a thought-provoking rather than entirely successful tartare, though plaice to follow with Cornish crab and tiny cubes of gently pickled kohlrabi with lardo was excellent. A dish of poached greengages, served cold with wonderfully tart gooseberry sorbet and cobnuts, was only loosely a ‘crumble’, but full marks for joyous seasonality. The haiku of a wine list (five white, five red) is always interesting.


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  1. Published : Wednesday, 4 September 2013

    Munch My Way :: Corner Room, Town Hall Hotel

    The Corner Room is located in the Town Hall Hotel.. In a corner… The Town Hall Hotel is really grand, reminded me of the Mad Men era decor of the 50s and 60s. First, I am struck by the interior and atmosphere of the restaurant.. Very small and cosy and relaxing.. Great to enjoy and share dinner with your friends...
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  1. As a sister restaurant of the no. 59 San Pellegrino World’s best restaurant, Viajante you know the design of the dishes is in very good hands. Couple that with the beautiful surroundings of the Town Hall hotel, it makes for one of the best valued dining experiences on offer in London. There are many Michelin star restaurants that don’t even match the cookery skills and ingredients on offer at the Corner Room. For those who want to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine before or after their lunch / dinner the lounge area adjacent to the dining area offers a very good proposition...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 12 June 2013

    vialaporte :: Corner Room // Bethnal Green // London

    Cambridge Heath might not be somewhere that many Londoners can pinpoint on a map, but there is one really good reason to discover this East London area. While the grimy industrial and housing estates aren’t exactly enticing, the magnificently restored Bethnal Green Town Hall certainly is. Now home to the Town Hall Hotel and Nuno Mendes’s two restaurants, which have been garnering a bit of attention themselves; the more causal of the two is the Corner Room...
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  1. While travelling and escaping the British weather with some U.S. East Coast heat madness, I realised that I was a bit negligent of the blog. To fill the time until I am back with loads of great news and stories from the current trip, I wanted to share my latest East London restaurant discovery: The Corner Room.

    The Corner Room in Bethnal Green was one of the best places I’ve been recently. It ticks all the boxes, creative, unpretentious in a way how excellent quality is served in a relaxed setting, cool dining room (and yes as the name suggests, the room is in the corner), easy service, daily menu with a...
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  1. As far as my favourite restaurants in London go, Nuno Mendes’ Corner Room has come out unquestionably on top for me for some time now. Ever since my first meal here almost a year ago now, I find myself in this corner of the splendidly refurbished Town Hall Hotel time and time again.

    Located in the most inconspicuous of rooms on the first floor of what was formerly Bethnal Green’s local town hall, Corner room is a much more casual, informal affair compared to its upmarket sister restaurant downstairs – the much lauded 1 Michelin-starred Viajante. Large Edwardian era windows bathe the simple, understated room...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 23 August 2012

    samphire and salsify :: Corner Room

    Corner Room is situated in the same building as Viajante – the rather grand Bethnal Green Town Hall (which is a hotel). Unlike Viajante, which has its own entrance, you access Corner Room through the hotel lobby...
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  1. Corner Room has been hailed as one of the best kept secrets of East London town. I was keen to find out why.

    It was housed in the chic once-was-a-town-hall-and-still-kind-of-is Town Hall Hotel next to Bethnal Green station. Nuno Mendes, a culinary genius who trained at the California Culinary Academy and subsequently under Wolfgang Puck, Rocco di Spirito and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

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  1. I finally decided to try out Brasserie Zedel, what looked like a little coffee bar behind Wholefoods in Piccadilly Circus. As I walked down the stairs, the walls were covered with posters from the 1920s period of Parisian cabaret.

    As we walked further underground, we were greeted by a beautiful chandelier in the luxuriously decorated lobby. This was such a magical venue, I felt like I was transported back in time in that very instant...
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