16-19 Victory Parade , London, E20 1FS

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

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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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Special offers from Darkhorse

London Restaurant Festival Menu - 2 courses for 22.50 or 3 courses for 25.50 including a LRF Cocktail

From: 01 October 2018

To: 31 October 2018

Max: 0

Available 1st - 31st October 2018, subject to availability. Dishes subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Sundowner menu 3-course £21.95 per person

From: 17 September 2018

To: 30 September 2018

Max: 8

This offer is available from January 9, 2018 until September 30, 2018, and from 1st November until 30th. Subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Not available in conjunction with other offers. Offer excludes service.

Weekend lunch menu

From: 07 October 2017

To: 27 December 2020

Max: 8

For parties more than 8, please contact the restaurant directly.

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Darkhorse Location

16-19 Victory Parade , London E20 1FS


0208 5344 4579

Opening times

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

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