The Frog E1 22

2 Ely's Yard, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street , London, E1 6QR

020 3813 9832

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SquareMeal Review of The Frog E1

MasterChef alumnus Adam Handling has moved on from his hotel-restaurant digs, landing in east London with concrete floors and a £45 tasting menu. If that sounds a touch cool-for-school, the food is where the fancy comes in. Prepare with a dill Frog G&T then dive into a string of artfully arranged ‘snacks’ (a refreshing bite of crab and apple, perhaps) before a dreamy pause of warm, tart sourdough and whipped chicken butter topped with crisp skin. ‘Dinners’ follow – think moist chunks of piglet with onions, sherry and basil. Luckily, ‘beetroot, beetroot and more beetroot’ is next, once a starter, now wisely a pre-dessert: a jammy, vividly pink roll of flavour hovering between savoury and sweet. Try burnt honey with malt ice cream and lemon to finish (the toffee texture inside the nitro tiramisu was an indulgence too far for us). Dishes are presented straightforwardly by knowledgeable staff, who also deliver well-paired wines and craft beers. While some diners will prefer white linen to blackboards and bare light bulbs, plenty leap to The Frog judging by the buzz on our visit.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 8.5

Atmosphere: 6.5

Value: 7.5

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Joanna G. platinum reviewer 19 January 2017

Having watched Adam Handling on the Great British Menu we were keen to try his restaurant, so I booked us in for my husbands’ birthday lunch – and overall it was a very enjoyable lunch. The staff were all very friendly and informative, you can see into the open kitchen and AH was at the pass checking everything going out and adding final touches. Each course is served and described by one of the chefs, which is a nice personal touch. We opted for the tasting menu @ £45 a head and my husband also had the drink pairing @ £40 – I had a couple of glasses of wine instead. The first four “snacks” came out very close together and felt a little rushed but we were assured that service would slow down after this and it did. I don’t remember all the dishes but the following stood out Chorizo, cheese, onion, Crab, seaweed, apple and the amazing Bread and chicken butter. We had a Celeriac, truffle, yolk, apple, dates course which in my opinion was a little too large and the celeriac was quite rubbery, but that’s just personal taste, but not a favourite dish. We opted for the additional course of Cheese doughnuts (which I regretted slightly, we should have just ordered one portion, as they were quite large and very rich and I really didn’t need any more food!). I loved the Beetroot, beetroot and more beetroot, and it looked beautiful. A nice touch at the end of the meal is that you can choose to “Buy the chefs a beer - £5”, so we added two to our meal. Obviously you can eat here cheaper than we did, but at nearly £200 for lunch it is not for the faint-hearted. There were two negatives about this experience - firstly, the seating, old wooden school chairs, was pretty uncomfortable, If you are eating the tasting menu, you are going to be sat down for at least 2 hours (I should also add that I was recovering from a back injury, and the staff were able to find me a chair with a more solid back to it so I could sit more comfortably) - and secondly my seat had a perfect view straight into the toilet, which is not really the view you want whilst eating!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Pancras 03 November 2016

I now have been twice in the last month. One for lunch and one for dinner. Lunch was very quiet, and dinner was surprisingly full of tourists that happen to wonder around in the area. Both times I took the sample tasting menu, with accompanying beer. The second time, I share the beers with my friend, as six beers for lunch was pushing it a bit... Its very smart and innovative cooking by Adam Handling and his brigade. The surprising star for me has been the pre dessert beetroot "cleanser" . The tempo of dishes is high, and the order and balance of taste works well. The focus is clearly on the food, and as a consequence the atmosphere suffers somewhat. Staff is a bit hit and miss, and I believe could be more engaged in explaining the food. It would add to the experience. But if you are with good company, and someone who likes their food, I would argue this is one you ought to visit.

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Groups can either rent the whole restaurant or half, depending on party size. The open kitchen ensures that all guests enjoy a front-row view of the chefs cooking, while the restaurant also has a large, heated and covered terrace.
Main Restaurant 20
Capacity: 20
Conservatory 20
Capacity: 20

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