Elis

Brazilian, Italian, Modern European·
££££
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Elis

Silver Award

Rafael Cagali’s second restaurant is a much more casual affair than the lauded Da Terra, but being part of the marvellous Town Hall Hotel, it still has a certain degree of style. Is there substance at Elis too? To answer that question, first you have to find it. ‘Upstairs on the right,’ we’re told. In practice that means upstairs, turn right, head through a series of doors, corridors and intergalactic wormholes, before emerging on the far side of the hotel. Or head to the Patriot Square entrance instead - you’ll be right there.

The restaurant retains some decor from previous occupant The Corner Room, including a fetching arrangement of mismatched pendant lamps which still hangs from the ceiling. The restaurant has been smartened up a little with some gold accents, a lovely wine station in the middle of the room, and a brightly-patterned banquette on the far wall. Snow white tiles and a baby blue paint job bring a bit of cheer to the room, as does the extremely friendly service.

Though the menu is Cagali’s, Elis is not Da Terra-lite - this is more easy-going food inspired by the chef’s Italian and Brazilian heritage. The menu combines Italian and Brazilian dishes, given a signature twist by Cagali; panzanella salad and porchetta tonnata sit alongside salt cod bolinhos (a Brazilian beignet of sorts), and pecorino churros. Our pick of the small plates was a colourful plate of Arctic charr crudo, brought to life by sharp grapefruit and tucupi dressing. Truthfully though, everything is very good, and made better by an expert wine list devised by Noble Rot’s Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew.

There’s lots of room to mix-and-match, with a handful of pasta dishes as well as main courses on the menu. Short rib pappardelle is always popular and it’s delicious here, and there’s a cracking monkfish tail, glazed with black tucupi and served on a bed of haricot beans. As our spoon glides through a light, airy matcha tiramisu, though, we’re still struggling to work out quite what the identity of the restaurant is. Everything is individually very tasty, but it feels a touch disjointed when you bring it together. Still, it’s early days yet - we reckon that with a chef of Cagali’s quality at the helm, Elis will establish itself as a very fine restaurant.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Brazilian, Italian, Modern European
Ambience
Cosy, Fun, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Dinner
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Special occasions

About

Two Michelin-starred chef Rafael Cagali is branching out from his success at Da Terra with a second restaurant, also set within the historic Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel, taking over from what was The Corner Room. Elis is a heart-warming tribute to Rafael's mother, whose first restaurant and jazz bar in Sao Paulo was named after the famous Brazilian musician, Elis Regina. 

With bespoke design elements in collaboration with Studio Nathan Miller, diners can expect an elegant but engaging space to experience the tastes and interpretation of Rafael's unique Brazilian-Italian heritage. Seating only 30 people, this dining spot promises to be an intimate and engaging gastronomic experience. 

The menu is more relaxed than Da Terra, allowing a peek into Cagali's personal journey as a chef from his roots in Sao Paulo, to working in Italy, Spain and now, London. The a la carte menu draws on rustic, childhood memories of Rafael's favourite childhood street food and family dishes, albeit with his signature playful touch.

Starting off with a selection of snacks, Cagali riffs on classic bites like vitello tonnato, cod fritters, gnocco fritto with Parmesan and speck, and Churros made with pecorino cheese. Diners will then get a choice of pasta dishes, including crab tagliolini verde as well as some larger main dishes to share. Seafood-lovers may opt for the baby monkfish tail sharer that's glazed in black tucupi; but if fish isn't your thing, there's also a pork chop, complete with black beans and an authentic chimichurri.

The Noble Rot team, meanwhile, are heading up wine duties, with a list that features only 10-12 bottles at any given time, with 5-6 wines served by the glass. By the sounds of all that, we're sure that Elis will do Rafael's mother proud. 

Image credit: Arianna Ruth


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Elis is run by Rafael Cagali and his partner Charlie Lee.

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Location

Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9NF

020 7871 0460 020 7871 0460

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Opening Times

Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:30
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun Closed

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Lloyd S

21 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
A Fabulous Evening

Over recent years we’ve been frequent visitors to the amazing Da Terra in the Bethnal Green Town Hall. So when we heard that the team would be taking over the Corner Room on the first floor as a more casual brazilian / italian restaurant we couldn’t wait to visit.

 

This opportunity came on saturday evening. So we headed off to bethnal green stopping first at Da Terra to say a quick hello to Rafael , Charlie and a couple of the team before heading up to the first floor. Here we were given a nice welcome before being escorted to our table in the corner of the restaurant giving us a great view of the whole dining room.

 

Once settled it was nice of manager Lilian to offer us a complimentary drink to start us off while we looked at the menu. This is a menu designed for sharing with small plates , pasta dishes , main courses and desserts that gives you the freedom to choose as many dishes as you like. On her return she gave us some great recommendations and would also advise us on how many dishes to order (depending on how hungry you are of course).

 

Once we’d placed our order it was then time to meet the sommelier Marco who after giving us a few lovely wines to choose from we opted for the fabulous Barbera D’Alba 2021 Trediberri. This was a medium bodied fruity delight and accompanied the food perfectly.

 

Now it was time to get started on the Small Plates which began with the Bolinhos de Bacalhau (cod croquettes) followed quickly with a fantastic Bread selection accompanied with cultured butter , stracciatella and olive oil. Closely behind came the rest of the small plates including Churros Pecorino , Porchetta Tonnata , Panzanella Salad and Veal Battuta with marrow and batata palha. All the dishes were absolutely delicious with flavours to die for.

 

Next to arrive were two absolutely stunning pasta dishes. The first was the Brixham Crab Linguine which with the look on my wife’s face I could see how good it was. The second was my dish of the night an Aged Beef Short Rib Pappardelle that was simply heaven on a plate.

 

Now it was time for the Main courses and the amazing food didn’t stop here either. We ordered the Iberico Pork with black beans and farofa along with the Picanha Skewer , palm hearts and kale. Both dishes together with their accompaniment’s were a perfect combination.

 

We then needed a little rest before moving on to Desserts. Here we decided to choose three which were the Doce de Leite Doughnut’s , Guava Creme Caramel with caramelised tapioca. The last dessert of warm Roasted Pineapple with coconut ice cream which was brought to the table by head chef Joe. This was a nice touch and also gave us the opportunity to thank him personally for the fantastic food he and his team had produced.

 

We finished with a coffee to bring to an end a fabulous evening of Brazilian / Italian cuisine. The food was amazing , the wine was fabulous and the service was very friendly. This restaurant is a great addition to the east london food scene and one that I would highly recommend paying a visit to and I look forward to returning again soon.

 

Thank You Joe , Lilian , Marco and all the team for a great evening and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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