After cutting his teeth in advertising, Edwin Chan opened his first bar in Lyon during 2007 before setting up in Shoreditch some five years later. Eschewing the edginess you’d expect in this part of town, Edwin’s has a very neutral – some might say bland – decor of browns and creams, but the food and wine is worth shouting about. We’re in classic French bistro territory here, with small-plate starters of pan-fried foie gras, wild boar terrine or seared scallops with lentils, plus regional charcuterie. Mains could see confit duck leg or roasted pork belly, while £12 daily specials might feature pot-au-feu or beef bourguignon. Cheese is a good way to end, particularly with a pick from the judiciously sourced wine list (Chan imports privately from 70 independent producers). By-the-glass options promise an exhaustive vinous tour of France.
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