Carte Blanche

175 Mare Street , London, E8 3RH

Carte Blanche steak scallops and burger
Carte Blanche fried chicken with caviar

SquareMeal Review of Carte Blanche



Andy Taylor is the brains behind this new Hackney venture that deals in the same transatlantic flavours as his Franco-American street-food outfit Le Bun. Carte Blanche occupies a modest Hackney-appropriate space with stripped-back interiors, though an open kitchen and artwork on the walls liven things up.

The menu aims to marry fine-dining ingredients with American comfort-food classics, so that a pair of filthily rich deep-fried oysters come slathered with a salty caviar hollandaise and smoky maple bacon, and chicken wings swimming in hot sauce are accompanied by a tangy Roquefort dip. Not all of it works – our fried chicken main arrived with a caviar dip that was way too watery – and vegetarians have to make do with a lone ‘f*cking vegans’ dish, which changes daily. Still, if you like meat, Carte Blanche’s pimped-up junk food, washed down with natural wines, is affordable, buzzy and plenty of fun.

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Carte Blanche Location

175 Mare Street , London E8 3RH

Opening times

Wed-Sun 6pm-12M (Sat-Sun 5pm-)

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