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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Minimalist doesn’t quite cover just how sparse the stark, white interiors of this fiercely modern restaurant are, but then again, they provide a suitably blank canvas for some mightily bold food with a forthright British accent. Now with a Michelin star under his belt, ex-Young Turks front man James Lowe delivers “great seasonal cooking” and “superb value for money”, while ever-so-trendy young staff add to the relaxed, convivial mood. At lunch, there’s a choice of dishes – perhaps grilled mussels with sea lettuce followed by red deer with beetroot and elderberries – while dinner revolves around a four-course set menu. We were bowled over by the succulent Hereford beef with anchovies and kale, but don’t discount bookends such as a plate of pumpkin, whey butter and chestnuts or fig-leaf ice cream with figs and verbena. Wines are right on the money too. In fact, Lyle’s “ticks the boxes on every level”.


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    Connie Consumes :: Lyle's, Shoreditch | Connie Consumes

    I’ve wanted to go to Lyle’s for a while now, just, well you guessed it… never got round to booking it. And booking a table is the only hard part, once that’s done all you have to decide on is what to drink, and even then the wait staff are full of handy suggestions. That night we opted for the Ma’d Furmint, a fruity and refreshing tokaj dry white; I’ve made a mental note to try more Hungarian wines.

    Dinner at Lyle’s is a manageable 6-course set menu only; it changes daily and with no options there’s no indecisive menu analysis on my behalf, and a certain someone doesn’t have to allow me the obligatory bite...
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    Man in London :: FOOD REVIEW: A syrupy homage to Lyle's of Shoreditch

    My dinner find of the moment in London is Lyle’s in the Tea Building, Shoreditch.

    It’s good for the right reason – the food...
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    The Boozy Bunch :: The Boozy Bunch Second time is not the charm amp

    I had first heard about Lyle’s in August, 2014. I was told it was absolutely amazing, and I needed to try it. I kept trying to go, but life always seemed to get in the way. Finally, about one year later, my partner had some work near Old Street, and he asked me if I wanted to grab dinner. I said yes, and I immediately booked us into Lyle’s. We went and had some of the best tasting (and most interesting) dishes that we’ve had in a long time. We had amazing service with a knowledgeable staff with great wine suggestions. We talked to the chef about how it reminded us of an amazing restaurant in Copenhagen (but probably...
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    vialaporte :: Vialaporte Restaurant Review Lyles Shoreditch London

    Lyle’s is part of a new movement of industrial, Michelin restaurants. Set-up in a former warehouse, its tables and waiting staff are simply dressed. In a similar style to Septime in Paris, these establishments focus their effort on serving dishes with carefully selected, high quality produce. Though while they have simplified the presentation elements of the Michelin experience, they remain deadly serious about the food they serve.
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    quiet eating :: Lyles Quiet Eating

    I was celebrating a special day (no I’m not bald yet) and as part of this I was in for a little surprise. In hip and trendy Shoreditch, my dining companion untied the metaphoric blindfold to present me to Lyle’s. Or perhaps I should say present Lyle’s to me. I admit that I was very curious about where I would be at the end of my mysterious trip. It reminded me of a bad blind date. Thankfully such fears were unfounded.
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James Lowe

Lyle's James Lowe didn’t start cooking until he was 23, but chose the right places to learn, fast – namely The Fat Duck and St John. He aimed to have his own gaff by 30, but was side-tracked by the top job at St John Bread & Wine until 2010 – when he co-founded the Young Turks collective with Isaac McHale and Ben Greeno. In 2014, aged 34, he finally got his own place – Lyle’s in Shoreditch.

Essential Details for Lyle's

  • Address: The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
  • Telephone: 020 3011 5911
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm Sat 12N-11pm

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