NUNO MENDES WILL LEAVE THE CORNER ROOM ON 28 FEBRUARY AND CORNER WILL SHUT TEMPORARILY. IT WILL RE-LAUNCH LATER IN THE YEAR WITH LEE WESTCOTT AS HEAD CHEF
Nuno Mendes’ Michelin-starred Viajante gets the international critics through the doors of Bethnal Green’s revamped Town Hall while this, its pared down sibling, keeps the locals coming back. Secreted at the back of the hotel, this tiny, trendy, wood-panelled bistro delivers Mendes’ highfalutin food in more mainstream form. There’s plenty of creativity on show, however, and even a safe order of steak or terrine will likely be a ‘fancy’ (and ‘fantastically crafted’) plate of food. Cuttlefish with salt-baked potatoes and paprika oil demonstrates the kitchen’s way with Iberian flavours, while aged beef with spelt, wild garlic and ricotta is all about fine ingredients. Desserts such as butternut squash with smoked coconut may be ‘hit and miss’, but they’re certainly original. Wine choices are brief but similarly ‘leftfield’, nothing’s too expensive and the set lunch is ‘outstanding value’. Note: no bookings at dinner.
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