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45 Curtain Road
020 3146 4545
The polishing up of Shoreditch continues with the arrival of The Curtain hotel (just round the corner from the equally new Nobu Shoreditch). Although this luxe offering comes with a rooftop swimming pool, its in-house restaurant retains its Shoreditch cool with quirky decor and painfully cool staff. Red Rooster has a twin in New York’s Harlem and, like its NYC sibling, the Shoreditch menu is a celebration of America’s southern soul food, carried off with panache. We kick-started our evening with a trio of snacks including fish tacos, bacon-loaded popcorn and crumbly cornbread slathered with sweet honey butter and spicy tomato jam. We then moved on to a starter proper of meatballs served swimming in zingy pickled gravy and dotted with perfectly crisp bites of gnocchi. As Red Rooster’s name suggests, poultry is the star turn, but we mixed things up, skipping the fried yard bird and herb-roasted chicken for a helping of tender, spicy jerk pork and prawns, served with sweet coconut rice and chunks of juicy pineapple. Desserts are just as indulgent (rum-soaked doughnuts anyone?) and our slice of red velvet sponge, served with cream cheese sorbet and chocolate cremeux, was as sweet as can be. With brunch on Sunday and live music most evenings, Red Rooster is an impressive addition to the Shoreditch scene. With all that US soul food though, it’s just as well that The Curtain has a gym.
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45 Curtain Road
020 3146 4545
Liverpool Street Station 276m
Old Street Station 498m
Liverpool Street 618m
Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5pm-12M (Wed -1am Fri -2am) Sat 5pm-2am Sun 11am-5pm
Beautiful design coupled with the use of a private bar and dedicated serving staff make the private room at Red Rooster a great choice for a private party. Set apart from the restaurant, the room can accommodate 18 for a sit-down meal and up to 30 for a standing reception. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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Food + drink: 3
We've eaten in the Red Rooster before and really enjoyed it so were looking forward to a family Christmas supper here. The live music was excellent and finished at about 9pm which worked well in terms of holding a conversation but everything else was disappointing. The service was truly dreadful - no-one was interested in firstly, taking our order and subsequently delivering it! Our water wasn't replenished, drinks which we'd ordered never appeared (except on the bill!), we had to get out of our seat to find a waiter to order more drinks and then we were told to go to the hotel bar upstairs to get cocktails. The waiter hadn't a clue when asked any questions about the menu and when I commented that my pear salad had only four tiny slices of pear, appeared totally disinterested. The restaurant had mostly emptied out by 10pm so it wasn't as thought he was run off his feet! The food was still predominantly good and the vibe is nice but this really was an unacceptable level of service.
Food + drink: 5
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner and what fun we had!
The food was great - especially the chicken for 2. The band were such a great addition and our waitress was really lovely and made such a fuss of him on his special day.
I was slightly apprehensive about eating at the Red Rooster on a Saturday night as experience has taught me that live music and conversation in restaurants don't mix, but i couldn't have been more wrong. At our request we were seated in a corner away from the band but they were so fantastic that we wished we were closer, although the volume was perfect.
From the moment we arrived and enjoyed excellent gin and tonics, the mood was set for a first class experience. Cristiano, our waiter, was on point - attentive and helpful - we asked for a break between our starters and mains and he asked how long we'd like and the second course arrived bang on the agreed time. The menu was concise and, unusually, everything on it was tempting! Both the bass ceviche and the tuna poke were light and flavoursome - perfect starters - but the standout dish was the Obama Short Ribs for two. Mouthwateringly rich with loads of meat, my only (tiny) quibble with the whole meal was that i felt such a powerful mix of flavours really needed a side like Mash or Rice to 'dilute' the punch to the tastebuds.
This is a great place for dinner and apparently they do a Gospel Sunday brunch so we'll definitely be back.
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