The guys behind Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green have transformed an old King's Cross BP garage by the Regent's Canal into a ‘trendy destination eatery' celebrating the American dream, albeit in a very camp way (murals pay tribute to the likes of Diana Vreeland and Louise Brooks). A short, snappy menu yields good things such as skirt steak with punchy chimichurri, ‘meaty' monkfish with quinoa, almonds and courgettes and the highly controversial soft-shell-crab burger (‘like deep-fried lard' commented one recipient, although others have loved it). Bookends range from fresh-as-a-daisy tuna tostada and sea-bass ceviche to banana and peanut-butter sandwich; also check out the daily ‘egg card' brunch. Staff are cool but welcoming, and plenty of South American names are dotted throughout the eclectic wine list – if pisco sours and margaritas don't appeal. The huge alfresco terrace by the canal will draw crowds in summer.
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