16 April 2014

Hawksmoor Spitalfields Barone star

020 3589 3950

157b Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ

Bars Whitechapel, Mile End
  • Wine: £21.00
  • Champagne: £55.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 5.30-11pm (Fri -12M) Sat 6-10.30pm Sun 12N-11pm

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With its peacock blues, burnished art-deco brass, glazed Victorian tiles, recycled teak parquet and cosy-up, blue leather booths, the convivial cellar at Hawksmoor is a beauty to behold. Bag a high stool at the zinc bar for similarly handsome mixology. Live-wire staff know their stuff, and individual members decide each month's ‘Desert Island drinks' – their list of personal favourites from Hawksmoor's vast cocktail anthology. Nuclear banana daiquiri, the puritan (a dry martini based on Plymouth gin and orange bitters) and Monk Antrim's Manila julep are just three suggestions worth revisiting, should the appeal of classics such as tobacco old fashioned ever wane. Meanwhile, Hawksmoor's magnificently meaty burger with beef-dripping chips, hot dogs, lobster rolls, curious Canadian poutine (fries, gravy and curd cheese), jalapeño coleslaw and short-rib nuggets make this the tastiest dive on the Spitalfields strip.

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  1. Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar

    157b Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ
    Overall rating:
    Chris K.

    Will it be worth it once the 50% offer is over?


    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  1. When you go out not intending to eat, let alone drink double shots of mezcal, but leave somewhere feeling full, smiling, you know the place you've been was special. And, so it was, last Thursday I was going for two beers, then home to enjoy the treats my lovely neighbours had given me to celebrate the end of Ramadan. So, two turned into three, it always does. Then of course we had to finish the round. The Italian suggested a cocktail at Hawksmoor's bar, underneath their Spitalfields restaurant. Okay, just one more then... Who was I kidding? Walk into a Hawksmoor and not eat? That was never ever going to happen. One step into the achingly cool bar (the de rigeur metro tiles have even been aged!), I knew my Ramadan feast was going to have to wait for another night. So let's get one thing straight, there are no steaks - if that's what you're after, go upstairs. But there are ox cheek nuggets (I was sold!), burgers, pulled pork rolls, chili dogs, wings and ribs - need I say more...
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  2. I’ve eaten at and written about the Hawksmoor mini-chain of steakhouses at length before on this blog. What makes Hawksmoor so interesting, apart from the sheer quality of most of the dishes, is that each branch is a little different from the others. For example, the Air Street branch does some excellent seafood dishes in addition to steak, while the Guildhall branch does a stonking breakfast. The Spitalfields branch is the original and one of its distinguishing features is it handsome bar which has a unique steak-free menu all its own. I’ve dined at the Spitalfields bar before, but a new menu necessitated a new visit with the aid of Templeton Peck and Vicious Alabaster...
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