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|Address:||100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ|
|Tel:||020 8880 6100|
|Price: £46.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £55.00|
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Fancy some ‘hoi polloi’ in east London? Uber fashionable Ace hotel has landed slam in the middle of Shoreditch high st. This area was crying out for a swanky, contemporary all in one bar/ restaurant / hotel for both locals and tourists. The entrance to the restaurant is via a covert flower shop, or slip past the bouncer through the main hotel and mingle with East London's finest. The hotel lobby is more of an easygoing 70s sprawling lounge with midcentury/scandi furniture and groovy toons and bongos in the background.
Back to the restaurant, on a friday night this place was rammed with sharply cut fringed creatives and skinny jeans. The mood of the restaurant was similar to the lounge/ lobby. Tables were maybe slightly too close together and there was an intermittent aroma of stinky cheese as the cheese board circulated the restaurant.
The menu was in the form of a newspaper, adding to that ‘easy like sunday morning’ feel to the place. East London favourite Bistroteque are behind the grub and so expectations were high. The menu has an American/ eclectic slant with odd things like puffy scratchings (crusty fat, not to my taste), a dry bit of skirt (beef) with a dry bit of onion fritter, again not great. Chips in beef dripping however were glorious and crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The dumplings/ gnocchi with creamy mushroom sauce were a success. Chickpea fritters also worked. I spied some good looking fish dishes (hake and cavelo nero) on the adjacent table, so maybe I need to give this place another go.
There was something about Hoi Polloi but unfortunately it wasn't the food, it was more the intriguing social scene.