The Brush Grand Café, Lounge & Cocktail Bar

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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of The Brush Grand Café, Lounge & Cocktail Bar

Bronze Award

On the ground floor of the recently opened art’otel Hoxton, you’ll find The Brush Grand Cafe: a modern take on the classic French bistro that boasts the kind of art deco twist you’d expect from such a group. From its 40-metre graffiti mural to the large bronze sculpture that gives the cafe its name, The Brush is clearly not afraid to stand out.

We’re engulfed by an expansive dining room that curves with the hotel’s doughnut-esque design, an open kitchen at its heart. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the room with a welcome brightness that just brings the space to life, highlighting the jovial bursts of colour throughout the otherwise dark decor.

From start to finish, there’s an over-the-top theatricality to our evening, drawing us in from the very first drink. A chartreuse ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’ cocktail comes poured from a four-tapped fountain, dissolving over a cube of sugar into each glass. The playfully titled ‘50 Shades of Champagne’ lives up to its name, showcasing several forms of the fizz from a cordial liqueur to a frothing dome of bubbles.

Dishes have a pleasing geometry that falls in line with the art deco restaurant; a ring of wispy Iberico ham slices; a wedge of Basque cheesecake; a perfect circle of steak tartare, all framed on pristine white, embossed bistro plates. The star of the evening, however, comes in the form of a monkfish chop, fresh off the Josper grill and bathed in a delicate clam velouté.

Service aims to be old-school, in a heavily attentive fashion that ensures you’re never left wanting. Still in the early stages of opening, staff were still finding their rhythm, but there's an air of relaxation as they guide us through the menus and shower us with recommendations.

In line with the bold, theatrical ambitions of the art’otel, The Brush Grand Cafe brings a playful vibrancy to classic bistro dining, offering a refreshing taste of the 21st century.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Cool, Quirky
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

About

Located on the first floor of art’otel London Hoxton, just a short walk from Old Street Station, The Brush Grand Cafe offers a variety of European dishes and contemporary takes on classic Grand Cafe favourites. Operating every day, all day long, The Brush Grand Cafe provides breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee, and cocktails. You’ll also find a deli counter with pastries and cakes to eat in or take away and a lounge and cocktail bar to work in by day and unwind with a cocktail and live entertainment by night.

The 70-cover dining room is where East London meets Grand Cafe culture. Vibrant design, urban character, and floor-to-ceiling windows complement a 40-metre graffiti mural by British multi-media artist Dean Stockton, alias D*Face. The Brush is also linked to the art’otel gallery which hosts original Banksy’s and pieces from up-and-coming artists. At the entrance, you’ll find a paintbrush sculpture in bronze by D*Face which inspired the naming of the cafe. Guests can also enjoy a 70-seater terrace perfect for warm summer evenings filled with great food and playful cocktails.

Executive chef Ryan Mathison, formerly of Sea Containers in South Bank, presents a market-driven Bush Grand Cafe menu of seasonal dishes and signatures with modern influences. Begin with a beef tartare accompanied by a confit egg yolk and sourdough, or a comforting bowl of French onion soup topped with gruyere before moving on to classic steak frites or veal schnitzel paired with quality European sips or a few glasses of biodynamic and natural wines. Alternatively, for a twist on a classic, try the moules frites invigorated by a chilli and lemon thyme sauce or head to the cocktail bar for a light snack, live performances, and DJ events.


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Yes. You can place a reservation over the phone or via the website.

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Location

84-86 Great Eastern Street, Hoxton, London, EC2A 3JL

020 7123 8686 020 7123 8686

Website

Opening Times

All day
Mon 07:00-23:00
Tue 07:00-23:00
Wed 07:00-23:00
Thu 07:00-23:00
Fri 07:00-23:00
Sat 07:00-23:00
Sun 07:00-23:00

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