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Sitting beneath a curved Perspex roof, Jago's snazzy, catwalk-style interior adds some flair to a concrete edifice with its funky chairs and bright orange woodwork cleverly fashioned into bench seating. There's a dynamic, casual feel that chimes well with the zesty pan-European food on offer. Nibbles of bresaola, boquerones and sweet-pickled guindilla chillis give way to marinated aubergines with yoghurt and mint, grilled octopus with oregano and caperberries or plates of onglet steak with smoked almond butter. Desserts, such as caramel semifreddo with crumble and blackcurrant, end proceedings on a high, although cheeses from Androuët in Spitalfields make an equally pleasurable accompaniment to the European wine list. In all, we'd say Jago is a welcome, flavour-packed addition to the East End scene – with the bonus of breakfast and top-value set lunches (£12/15 for two/three courses).
When I first heard Jago, a restaurant with a focus on Ashkenazi dishes was opening, I was intrigued. My heritage is Ashkenazi Jewish, which means my roots can be traced back to Central and Eastern Europe as opposed to Sephardi Jews, who mostly originate in Spain and Portugal, among other places. The Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews mainly subscribe to the same religious ideas but some varying interpretations lead to a slight difference in culture and practices. One instance is Passover, as my uncle is a Sephardi he has some different traditions for example he eats rice, whereas Ashkenzi Jews avoid it.What exactly...
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Jago is Shoreditch’s latest restaurant opening and it’s part of an uber-modern shared working space called Second Home. Walking past you can’t miss the place; the dining room is a glass, curved bubble sticking out from the side of the building.The dining room is certainly unusual; I’ve not seen anything like it before – it felt like a cross between a tube carriage and a bike shed. A bright orange one at that. The long wooden, park-bench style seat that runs along the whole length of the restaurant isn’t the comfiest of seats and there was obviously a problem with the air flow as it was a tad breezy. But...
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East London is becoming well known for its creative flare and edgy style. The Second Home offices are based just a street over from Brick lane and is home to some of London’s most creative entrepreneurs, including businesses such as Taskrabbit and Survey Monkey. Within the Second Home building sits Jago, a project brought about by Louis Solley (former Head Chef of Ottolenghi), Hugo Thurston (ex-GM at Morito) and successful entrepreneur Vinny Burke. The idea behind the restaurant is to bring Ashkenazi-influences from the Middle East to the unique office block. Maize (who worked there at the time), invited us to join...
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