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.

Brilliant Corners Location

470 Kingsland Road , London

Opening times

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

Brilliant Corners's Reviews


Food & Drink: 2.0


Service: 2.0


Atmosphere: 6.0


Value: 2.0


Food + drink: 1

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 1

08 January 2019

.A friend and I went for dinner here, we each had a glass of prosecco and a variety of dishes. The bill came to £52ish, we both left very hungry, and uninspired by the bland food (£8 for vegetable tempura with sweet potato that needed cooking more and a very bland batter 😬) and music (charging people per person on top of expensive food for a DJ who isn't even mixing seems ridiculous frankly). The staff didn't even bother asking if the food was ok. We both left declining the service and DJ charge in search of a proper plate of food that's actually been seasoned; disappointed and frankly appalled.

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