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20 April 2014
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Brawnone star

49 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG

£41.00 French Bethnal Green, Shoreditch

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  • Wine: £17.00
  • Champagne: £45.50
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -4pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm (Fri-Sat -11pm)

Square Meal Review of Brawn ?

Brawn proves that the team behind Terroirs and Soif really ‘get’ east London. This is arguably the hippest venue in their ‘natural wine’ group, and its dressed-down design is bang on – think concrete floors, enamel lights and bric-a-brac. The kitchen also does well by embracing locally based food heroes (the E5 Bakehouse, for example), while cheering on artisan suppliers from France and Italy. Brawn’s daily menu affords the freedom to pick and mix small plates or hog three courses: begin with impressive hand-crafted charcuterie or a genius ’nduja Scotch egg, then yo-yo your way through the likes of buffalo mozzarella with caponata, onglet with garlicky snails and Frangelico tiramisu. The wine list should dispel any lingering prejudices about ‘natural’ viticulture: there’s always something new, be it a first-growth Burgundy or an off-the-wall biodynamic bottle from a tiny village.

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  1. Brawn

    49 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
    Overall rating:
     
    Aw37
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  2. Brawn

    49 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
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    Les C.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

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    49 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
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    Anne T.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  4. Brawn

    49 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
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    RJ
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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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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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  2. Published : Tuesday, 2nd 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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  3. 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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  4. 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 late 2010, and its strong points- in addition to all things piggy, hence the name- are small plates, a killer roast chicken...
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