Considered a true culinary masterpiece by foodies, chefs and critics alike, Rochelle Canteen is a relaxed restaurant in the heart of Shoreditch serving a seasonal, daily-changing menu with British and modern European influences. The menu is small so it can focus on executing every one of its dishes to an exceptional level, but also because it changes so often due to its highly seasonal approach. Housed inside a former bike shed, the restaurant is led by co-patron and chef Margot Henderson OBE, who was previously in charge of The French House in Soho and is one half of a rather awesome chef power couple, with husband Fergus Henderson OBE leading the charge at St John.
It also pays close attention to sourcing and is transparent about the producers it uses: Ben’s Fish, Fin & Flounder, Swaledale, Farmer Tom, Giacy, Neal’s Yard, Linley Farm, Paddock Farm, Brindisa and Fresh Olive, to name a few. Inside, the décor is rustic and pared-back, while a garden-like coveted courtyard becomes the customers’ seat of choice during the summer months.
The menu offers a mix of nibbles, starters, mains, sides and desserts, with dishes fluctuating with the seasons. Examples include starters such as blood cake and apple, and beetroot soup with creme fraiche and sorrel, while main courses might be something along the lines of braised cuttlefish with fennel, potato and aioli or grilled polenta with creamed kale. The dishes are often based around classic flavours executed with precision. For dessert, look out for the likes of raspberry and lemon pavlova, and an almond tart with Earl Grey prunes.
To drink, the emphasis really is on wine. Much like the food menu, the drinks list isn’t overcrowded and includes rose, sparkling, whites, reds, sweet wines and digestifs.
The restaurant is open every day for lunch and for dinner between Wednesday and Saturday.