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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016James Lowe of Lyle’s counts half the capital’s chefs and critics among his admirers – small wonder, since his stark, understated restaurant is a true original that dances to its own minimalist tune. Whether you’ll be nodding along is down to preference; we felt mildly chastised for not wishing to share and for requesting our filter coffee white (!), but came away wholeheartedly onside because Lowe’s beautifully rendered Michelin-starred food never fails to impress. Flavours are true, pure and intense, whether you’re grazing through the lunchtime small-plates menu or relishing the fixed-price evening deal. The former might range from lamb’s heart with gherkin, ramsons and capers to smoked eel with hispi cabbage and dulse seaweed, while the latter could take in mackerel with gooseberry and crab apple as well as a glorious seasonal plate of grouse with girolles and mulberries. Desserts are also on a roll at the moment: our caramel and espresso meringue almost trumped the signature treacle tart. To drink, expect some interesting picks from the new school of winemaking.
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The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street ,London E1 6JJ

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Jun 2014

In the middle of Shoreditch, in the Tea building, is James Lowe & John Ogier's new restaurant, Lyles. They originally met having worked together at St.John's Bread and Wine, and on walking in the influence is apparent with a simple whitewashed, modest, open plan room that includes the kitchen. It is a huge contrast to the image conscious Boxpark opposite. With 3 aperitifs and 6 courses, the set menu is testament to sourcing of quality seasonal produce with many different cuts and offal used no doubt...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street ,London E1 6JJ

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May 2014

This is clearly operated by a group of interesting and enthusiastic professionals, I had a very quick lunch, but managed three courses of brilliantly executed little mouthfuls of wonderment, was shown two lovely wines by the glass and got a charming education in coffee – if you get the treatment I got your in for a treat. It might be quite stylish, but its all about the product.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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    Connie Consumes :: Lyle's, Shoreditch | Connie Consumes

    I’ve wanted to go to Lyle’s for a while now, just, well you guessed it… never got round to booking it. And booking a table is the only hard part, once that’s done all you have to decide on is what to drink, and even then the wait staff are full of handy suggestions. That night we opted for the Ma’d Furmint, a fruity and refreshing tokaj dry white; I’ve made a mental note to try more Hungarian wines.

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    My dinner find of the moment in London is Lyle’s in the Tea Building, Shoreditch.

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    I had first heard about Lyle’s in August, 2014. I was told it was absolutely amazing, and I needed to try it. I kept trying to go, but life always seemed to get in the way. Finally, about one year later, my partner had some work near Old Street, and he asked me if I wanted to grab dinner. I said yes, and I immediately booked us into Lyle’s. We went and had some of the best tasting (and most interesting) dishes that we’ve had in a long time. We had amazing service with a knowledgeable staff with great wine suggestions. We talked to the chef about how it reminded us of an amazing restaurant in Copenhagen (but probably...
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    Lyle’s is part of a new movement of industrial, Michelin restaurants. Set-up in a former warehouse, its tables and waiting staff are simply dressed. In a similar style to Septime in Paris, these establishments focus their effort on serving dishes with carefully selected, high quality produce. Though while they have simplified the presentation elements of the Michelin experience, they remain deadly serious about the food they serve.
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    I was celebrating a special day (no I’m not bald yet) and as part of this I was in for a little surprise. In hip and trendy Shoreditch, my dining companion untied the metaphoric blindfold to present me to Lyle’s. Or perhaps I should say present Lyle’s to me. I admit that I was very curious about where I would be at the end of my mysterious trip. It reminded me of a bad blind date. Thankfully such fears were unfounded.
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James Lowe

Lyle's James Lowe didn’t start cooking until he was 23, but chose the right places to learn, fast – namely The Fat Duck and St John. He aimed to have his own gaff by 30, but was side-tracked by the top job at St John Bread & Wine until 2010 – when he co-founded the Young Turks collective with Isaac McHale and Ben Greeno. In 2014, aged 34, he finally got his own place – Lyle’s in Shoreditch.

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  • Address: The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
  • Telephone: 020 3011 5911
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm Sat 12N-11pm

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