Brilliant Corners

470 Kingsland Road , London,

SquareMeal Review of Brilliant Corners

Existentialist dudes will identify the name from a 1957 album by Thelonious Monk, while an Ella Fitzgerald song lyric chalked on a board confirms that this London original is in fact a jazz bar – or 'jazzu kissa' as such institutions are known in their native Japan. DJ sets on a kickass system cover all forms of the genre, plus world music, reggae, Balearic, soul and leftfield sounds. The minimalist decor is suitably Zen, while drinks encompass anything from rums, mezcal, cocktails, ‘vieilles vignes’ wines and London craft beers to saké and matcha green tea to go with decoratively presented, well-executed Tokyo tiffin: organic salmon, avocado and shiso salad with wafu dressing; soft-shell crab roll; king prawn tempura; beef sashimi; chilli tofu; donburi rice bowls and ‘raw’ desserts such as lime and coconut tart that are guaranteed organic, vegan, gluten-free and so on.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

London Fields Station 1km

Cambridge Heath Station 1km


Address: 470 Kingsland Road , London

Area: Hackney Dalston

Opening times

Wed - Sat 5.30pm-12M (Fri - Sat -1.30am) Sun 4pm - 12M

Nearby Landmarks

Rosemary Branch Theatre & Public House 823m

Rio Cinema 1km


Telephone: 020 7812 9511


Cuisine: Bars Japanese

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