23 July 2014

Hoi Polloi at Ace Hotelone star

100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ

£46.00 Modern European Whitechapel, Mile End
  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £55.00

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Hoi Polloi, the latest cool magnet from Messrs Flack and Waddington, owners of Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green, has a cocktail bar in one corner for those not booking in to the Ace Hotel’s all-day brasserie. Well-executed Festival of Britain-esque decor suggests a dining room at a 1950s’ holiday camp, while the cocktail menu references another strand of camp also prevalent during that decade – Polari, a rich, coded patois that appropriated many Yiddish terms to disguise homosexuality: omi-polone (meaning an effeminate man) is a Buffalo Trace bourbon and port sour, while riah shusher (a hairdresser) comes out as a rhubarb and vanilla Tapatio Blanco Tequila mule. Beers include two from Hackney microbrewers Beavertown, wines start at £4 a glass, and bar snacks range from chickpea fritters to cheekily named ‘puffy scratchings’.

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  1. Hoi Polloi at Ace Hotel

    100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
    Overall rating:

    Ace Shoreditch

      Gold Reviewer  (36)

    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 27th November 2013

    laymytable :: Hoi Polloi

    An exciting new venture from the team behind Bistroteque and Shrimpy’s comes The Ace Hotel‘s restaurant – Hoi Polloi. This was my second time over to 100 Shoreditch High Street. The first time I worked my way down the list of cocktails, I managed six. That’s half the list! They’re really good, different, but not too weird. One of my favourites has to be the Meshigener Palone – Absolut, almond & vanilla jam, pomegranate (pictured). It initiates itself with a smooth valour but then as you swallow, the tight spark of the lemon gives a slight burn. It’s sharp, but really good...
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  2. Published : Sunday, 20th October 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel

    Hoi Polloi is a restaurant from the people behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy’s and is situated inside the recently redeveloped Ace Hotel in Shoreditch (formerly The Crowne Plaza). It’s a bland looking thing from the outside but on the inside the hotel’s a cool looking space. If Habitat were to open a hotel it would look a little bit like this. You can either access the restaurant via its own entrance (through a flower shop which is rather unusual) or go through the hotel lobby like we did so you can have a good nosey around...
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