Darkhorse 22

16-19 Victory Parade , London, E20 1FS

  • Darkhorse east London restaurant bar
  • Darkhorse east London restaurant bar
  • Darkhorse east London restaurant bar

SquareMeal Review of Darkhorse

Nestled in the tranquil surrounds of the former Olympic village, this neighbourhood gem boasts an experienced team and an eye-catching menu. Ian Goodman managed OXO Bar for 19 years, while Lee Glen was a Soho House executive chef. This translates to a compact list of spot-on cocktails and a distractingly good array of Mediterranean dishes: squid ink arancini with coriander, burrata with charred grapes, wheels of Manchego cheese and whole-roasted mackerels with pine nuts and black olives. Portions are modest but this is fresh and filling food, the highlight on our visit being charcoal-roasted onglet steak with girolles and potatoes, while chargrilled nectarines with mascarpone made for a sprightly, juicy dessert. A Bertha charcoal oven lies at the heart of the operation, informing the menu and conjuring deep aromas that fill the open-plan bar and restaurant, itself an industrial-chic space clad in concrete, wood and turquoise leather. With a row of alfresco seats (and no roads in sight) and a copper-topped bar area, this is a versatile, well-priced proposition. The restaurant is tricky to find, but surrounded by an ever-increasing number of East Village residents: as the locals catch on, Darkhorse should become a Stratford destination.


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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Stratford Station 582m

Hackney Wick Station 748m

Address

Address: 16-19 Victory Parade , London E20 1FS

Area: Stratford West Ham

Opening times

Tues-Thurs 11am-11pm Fri-Sun 10am-12M (Sun -6pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Tom Allen Arts Centre 978m

Stratford Picture House 1km

Details

Telephone: 020 8534 4579

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Cuisine: Modern European

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