SquareMeal Review of
Sager + Wilde Restaurant
This wine-centric spot is just as cool as its trend-setting wine bar sister, Sager + Wilde on Hackney Road. Positioned just round the corner from Bethnal Green station, it’s joined by several other restaurants (including Paradise Garage) which all share a long dining terrace, making for a secluded, foodie community. Chef Chris Leach has arrived via spells at Kitty Fisher's and Launceston Place, serving up a seasonal menu of on-trend European dishes, like steamed mussels with ‘nduja or Cornish hake with white beans. During our dinner, Leach served up stick-and-sweet devils on horseback, smothered in treacle-like sauce, while a perfectly rendered lemon tart, brimming with zest and slightly charred on top, deserves to remain a menu mainstay. Expertly matched fine wines by the glass and bottle abound, naturally, with a separate, single bottle list adding extra interest and a strong selection of orange wines and saké inviting experimentation. Pricing angles this towards the middle of the market, while a classic interior of dark wooden chairs and gentle lighting reinforce this as a mature option for clued-up Londoners.