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A "good concept" and a convivial proposition, this light and airy eatery serves up a daily menu of small plates in a modern industrial setting. Rustic, peasant-style food with a French accent is the deal, complete with smooth terrines, hunks of bread and a wonderful selection of cheese and charcuterie (as you'd expect from the team behind Terroirs and Soif). Pork chop with cocoa beans is a richly savoury idea, with a creamy earthiness provided by accompanying ceps and artichokes, clams are given a Spanish edge with chorizo and sherry, while a plate of black pudding, squid and bitter greens is a dark rich mass, best served with a 2013 Beaujolais from the sustainably sourced wine list. On a Sunday, go continental chic by dropping in for the ridiculously reasonable three-course lunch – plus a £7 supplement for cheese that we'd certainly advise you take.

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Brawn

49 Columbia Road ,London E2 7RG

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Brawn

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Mar 2017

Columbia Road began its life as a pathway to lead sheep to slaughter in Smithfield. The sheep have now been replaced by yogis, haberdashers and models wearing shearling jackets. London is full of continuity if you know how to look. Hang a left to Ravenscroft Street and you’ll find Brawn which launched as the sister restaurant of Terroirs in 2010 (before being recognised as the more gifted sibling.) East London’s restaurant scene at the time was percolating. Brawn turned it up to eleven and put...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Brawn

49 Columbia Road ,London E2 7RG

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Good concept & restaurant marred by slow service and a patchy menu

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Sep 2015

Editor's pick Very friendly staff, a convivial setting and (what appeared to be) an interesting menu did not fully translate into the kind of experience I would pay for again. While the terrine starter was great, the raw beef and avocado was too plain to discuss at any length. The crab pasta had great flavours, but was overcooked (turning it into noodles). The veal belly done porchetta style had (again) good flavours, but came with a very thin stew of beans and rhubarb. That said the atmosphere and setting were...

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

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Brawn

49 Columbia Road ,London E2 7RG

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Oct 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely restaurant. The service was attentive, the food excellent and that atmosphere relaxed. I was impressed by the variety of starters from pork scratchings, to the most delicious scotch eggs I have ever eaten. The lobster bisque was creamy and incredibly flavourful. I'm looking forward to going back!

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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49 Columbia Road ,London E2 7RG

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Jun 2011

Nothing i can really say bad about Brawn. My second visit of the year. The first visit a surprise midweek lunch which delighted. Returning with friends from overseas & building it up rather in my & their expectations we were all mightily pleased by all the above catagories which all scored very high. The room (we sat at the front) is simple but cosy enough & though there was a nice buzz from other tables we could chat & be heard easily. The service exceptional, the waitress with a great knowledge...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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49 Columbia Road ,London E2 7RG

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Jan 2011

A belated review from the soft opening in December – it was one of their first nights, and the fact that they managed to impress so much on that visit is hopefully a very good sign. First of all, the rooms. We sat in the back room, with a view of the open kitchen (the front room is where the bar is, and where cheese and charcuterie are served, and it seemed a bit buzzier there on the night we visited). It's not a formal, white tablecloth, gleaming cutlery sort of place; the furniture looks reclaimed,...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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49 Columbia Road ,London E2 7RG

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Nov 2010

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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...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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    Pond, Dalston - TheSpiralProject :: The Spiral Project Brawn Hoxton

    Oysters for dinner. Hard life. Have decided that specialities from the Irish coast are now my fav as I’m not too sure about those big, fat mama ones you get sometimes. Just as well as that’s what Brawn in Columbia Road served up.

    Mussels and samphire for my main which meant I got to dip a lot of bread in sauce, something which makes me very happy. He had rabbit tagliatelle which was, quite frankly, everything you’d want it to be.
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