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|Address:||49 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG|
|Tel:||020 7729 5692|
|Price: £41.00||Wine: £17.00||Champagne: £45.50|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -4pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm (Fri-Sat -11pm)|
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It may not be ‘officially’ open yet, but Brawn is already up and running. On a cold dark night, it looked very inviting from outside, and had a nice buzz inside, with a friendly welcome.
We skipped the small number of more substantial main courses, opting for a selection of tapas style dishes. All the dishes were good, but the highlights were Suffolk pork rillettes, Iberico ham, scallops with gremolata and leek gratin. The cheese options come from local supplier, Androuet, and were also a real stand out (we had Comté and Cornish Blue). The chocolate mousse was good, but not as special as the cheese.
The wine list is focused on independent producers making small quantities of ‘natural’ wines. This appears to be a broad term for organic, biodynamic and other winemaking methods, with no additives and often unfiltered results. We thoroughly enjoyed our first exposure to this style of wine, getting good recommendations by the glass from our waiter. Some of our choices tasted similar to conventional bottles, but others were totally different, in particular the red Vino di Anna from Mount Etna.
If we were looking for faults, I'd say that service gapped a little at the start – we had to ask for the menu – but picked up nicely from there. Also there was a cold draft at one point, which we couldn't understand as the door was closed. Finally our table seemed slightly awkwardly positioned, making it tricky for the waiters to move about freely.
That very pedantic nitpicking aside, we had a great evening. We also had an entirely unexpected and very welcome surprise when the bill arrived, and the charge for our food had been removed. Our waiter explained that this was because they are ‘still practising’ before their formal launch – so full marks for goodwill generation! We'll definitely be coming back and look forward to trying more natural wines.