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Hoi Polloi, the latest cool magnet from Messrs Flack and Waddington, owners of Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green, has a cocktail bar in one corner for those not booking in to the Ace Hotel’s all-day
brasserie. Well-executed Festival of Britain-esque decor suggests a dining room at a 1950s’ holiday camp, while the cocktail menu references another strand of camp also prevalent during that decade
– Polari, a rich, coded patois that appropriated many Yiddish terms to disguise homosexuality: omi-polone (meaning an effeminate man) is a Buffalo Trace bourbon and port sour, while riah shusher (a
hairdresser) comes out as a rhubarb and vanilla Tapatio Blanco Tequila mule. Beers include two from Hackney microbrewers Beavertown, wines start at £4 a glass, and bar snacks range from chickpea
fritters to cheekily named ‘puffy scratchings’.
An exciting new venture from the team behind Bistroteque and Shrimpy’s comes The Ace Hotel‘s restaurant – Hoi Polloi. This was my second time over to 100 Shoreditch High Street. The first time I worked my way down the list of cocktails, I managed six. That’s half the list! They’re really good, different, but not too weird. One of my favourites has to be the Meshigener Palone – Absolut, almond & vanilla jam, pomegranate (pictured). It initiates itself with a smooth valour but then as you swallow, the tight spark of the lemon gives a slight burn. It’s sharp, but really good...
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Hoi Polloi is a restaurant from the people behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy’s and is situated inside the recently redeveloped Ace Hotel in Shoreditch (formerly The Crowne Plaza). It’s a bland looking thing from the outside but on the inside the hotel’s a cool looking space. If Habitat were to open a hotel it would look a little bit like this.You can either access the restaurant via its own entrance (through a flower shop which is rather unusual) or go through the hotel lobby like we did so you can have a good nosey around...
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Brunching it at Hoi Polloi, doesn’t get more eggcellent than this!A-fed, a Canadian ex-pat like me decided to give up her London life and make the move to LA sunshine. Can’t blame her – those palm trees and that MBA she’ll be getting. It’s all about the brains and beauty people.A proper team send off was in order, of course that means taking a couple hours out of our day to gossip over warm flat whites. The menus were printed on newsprint and all of the cups were metal, reminiscent of my Scandinavian design board on Pinterest...
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