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|Address:||380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT|
|Tel:||020 7729 6496|
|Price: £67.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £36.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 12N-4.30pm Mon-Sat 6pm-12M|
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Fancy a night out at this trendy Shoreditch restaurant? Sounds like fun.
Well if you have the same time as us (and I hope you don't) you will not want to have bothered.
The staff are quite nice, the venue is dour-municipal and the food equally uninspiring – nothing like the experience, culinary or architectural, that you get at Viajente up the road where the bistro serves London’s best value lunch IMHO.
They have opted to relieve their visitors of choice by having a set 5 (or so) course dinner, which I usually approve of. Other than a highlight mid-meal beef dish (which was very good), the other courses were under-seasoned and generally lacking in taste and interest. Sashimi mackerel with accompaniments was fresh but tasteless; the accompanying deep-fried chicken piece was ok, but nothing to rave about. Salad of chicory with a nice walnut dressing, again, was nice but uninspiring. Cheese course offered a small nubbin or munster amongst others and didn't hold up the other end of the meal, the dessert ended up having a gritty unpleasant feel to it, a bit like a chocolaty mousse with road-side sweepings – maybe not the intended crunchy delight the chef’s had in mind.
The waiters were ok and occasionally winning but didn’t really have the oomph that you get when everyone is signed up to the food-mission of a rising-star eatery. Wines are over-priced and nothing inspiring (where aren’t they). The bill was a disappointing shock.
Go somewhere else – maybe a nice local restaurant, we went to Lardo up the road in London Fields later in the weekend and had a nice couple of pizzas and a tasty salad. It was better. Or, buy something nice and cook it yourself.
Don’t believe the hype!