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|Address:||Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NU|
|Tel:||020 7871 0461|
|Price: £111.00||Wine: £30.00||Champagne: £56.00|
|Opening Hours:||Fri-Sun 12N-2pm Wed-Sun 6-9.30pm|
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“Gourmet Sunday lunch in period environs of Bethnal Green”
We had booked just earlier that Sunday morning and were fortunate enough to take advantage of a cancellation, to what has been one of the more recent celebrated “hot bookings” of Central London, Viajante. Nuno Mendez, of ex El Bulli lineage has been talked about sufficiently that bookings, especially to the reasonably priced Sunday blind tasting lunch were hard to come by.
Though it was a bit of a drive to the East End of London, finding convenient parking just alongside was a breeze and very welcome at a Sunday lunchtime, as was entering the period setting of Bethnal Green townhall and finding some exquisite design touches that have transformed the interior into a relaxed but interesting venue. The interior has some clean almost Scandinavian touches and the tables are in two mid sized rooms, one of which share and open onto the kitchen of Viajante.
We had the accompanying wines with our lunch and both turned out exquisitely. Certainly there were hints of a tapas type influence, but also textures and blends were quite original with courses punctuated by petit fours at first and later appropriate amuses bouches and sorbets. It has to be tried rather than described to fully appreciate any blind menu, as it is a style and shape as well as the various flavours, which are presented integrally as in renditions of music, artwork or theatre.
The crowd that day were of a diverse mix and seemed quite international especially in this East End setting, and it apppeared this was very much a destination venue for many. We finished our lunch with a very pleasant feeling of well being, and found the menu just right and satisfying for a Sunday, leaving us with a positive and not excessively lethargic approach to the afternoon. Nuno himself came over and we spoke about the experience and his food as well as his other venue just at the other end of the building.
All in all we will definitely will return for more !