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A co-production between Dock Kitchen chef Stevie Parle and bar supremo Jonathan Downey, Dalston’s Rotorino boasts some pedigree. Certainly, it’s among Kingsland Road’s more professional venues, but it has an endearingly grungy appeal featuring loud 1970s patterns and wine bottles full of garage-forecourt flowers that wouldn’t look misplaced in a hip student bar. Parle’s River Café background influences an all-Italian menu divided into antipasti, primi and secondi, then subdivided into odd categories of ‘stove’, ‘cured in Highbury’, ‘soup’ etc. It’s gutsy grub, not always as finessed as you might hope, but characterful nonetheless. Dig into rigatoni lunghi with ricotta salata, pig’s head terrine, or a trio of beef, chickpea and rocket bruschette, followed by hanger steak or a family portion of burrida fish stew. The wine list, by Street Vin’s Ruth Spivey, goes big on Italy. “Welcoming and stylish” is one fan’s verdict.
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  1. Published : Sunday, 18 May 2014

    The Insatiable Eater :: Rotorino: west meets east

    I don't often find myself in East London these days and it generally takes a bit to convince me that the hour travel is worth it. Don't get me wrong, I watch the constant string of restaurant openings with a tinge of jealousy and a mental note for the "must visit one day" list which is ever-lengthening, but then remind myself why I moved west and enjoy the relative quiet of my leafy street rather than the smog and grit of the Kingsland Road. Anyway, a sudden craving for bread from Fabrique after a recent trip to Sweden, et voilà I'm back in the thick of it. Rotorino has a decent pedigree with Stevie Parle from the...
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  1. Heading East again, this time in search of Rotorino in Dalston.There are not many things that will convince me to travel East, but considering that it was the end of a work week for me, I thought, why not?Hopping off the bus onto unknown territory, I made my way down Kingsland Road. Not somewhere that I would normally feel comfortable venturing round on my own, I inconspicuously tried to locate the building numbers to make sure that I was heading in the right direction...    | Averna Sour | - Averna amaro, curacao, lemon, egg white - As usual, we ordered a few dishes to share - a couple of smaller dishes from the...
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Stevie Parle

Stevie Parle had achieved more before he was 30 than most chefs achieve in a lifetime. He left school at 16, hotfooted it to Ballymaloe Cookery School, worked at The River Café and Moro, and was awarded the Observer Food Monthly’s Young Chef of the Year plus a Daily Telegraph column by 25. Parle was also ahead of the pop-up game with his Moveable Kitchen, which led to his first restaurant Dock Kitchen (2009), followed by Rotorino in 2014.

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  • Address: 434 Kingsland Road,, London E8 4AA
  • Telephone: 020 3544 2521
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-12M (Thurs-Fri – 1am) Sat-Sun 11am-1am (Sun – 12M)

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