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Two Lights

Modern European, North American·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Two Lights

Silver Award

From the team behind critically acclaimed The Clove Club and Luca comes Two Lights, which is headed up by American chef Chase Lovecky.

The restaurant takes its name from the national park in the US state of Maine, where Lovecky was born, and the menu is billed as a celebration of ‘modern American’ cuisine, although most of the nods to its US heritage are on the subtle side.

While Luca may be all cosy banquettes and smart light fixtures, Two Lights is a far more stripped back affair. Tables are packed in to a compact dining room which features a partially open kitchen towards the back of the room.  

Of the food available on our visit (the menu changes at Two Lights every few months) the dish that shouted ‘God bless the USA’ the loudest was the buttermilk fried chicken, which was served with doughy American-style ‘biscuits’ (sort of like savoury scones). Arriving at the table as two chunky deep-fried chicken breasts, this finger-licking-good dish is livened up even more by the sauces that come with it - nutty sunflower-seed gravy and mayonnaise with the slightest hint of jalapeño running through it.

Other than that, though, most of Two Light’s menu is a modern European affair, and for the most part it’s successful. We were pleased to see that the canapé-sized ‘crab on chips’ that got people talking when the restaurant first opened (two thick-cut beef fat chips which are topped with succulent shredded crab) are still on the menu, this time with the addition of pickled elderflower, while we loved pillowy flatbread topped with sharply pickled chanterelles and a glossy orange egg yolk.

Sadly, though, chaotic service let us down on our visit. Although the staff were well-meaning and knowledgeable, some sloppy errors stopped Two Lights from being a flawless dining experience, including basic spelling mistakes on the menu and long waits for drinks orders.

We also found puddings such as the molten chocolate cake to be merely average rather than amazing. When the restaurant gets things right, it’s excellent, but there’s still some work to be done to let Two Lights really shine.     

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European, North American
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Dates

About Two Lights

This third restaurant from the team behind critically-acclaimed The Clove Club, following the launch of Clerkenwell’s Luca in 2017 , is a casual, stripped back space with only a handful of covers. Two Lights gets its name from the national park in the US state of Maine, where Clove Club head chef Chase Lovecky was born.

Lovecky also heads up the kitchen here, serving a menu of what is touted as ‘modern American’ cuisine. The food offering often seems more European, however, with playful injections of Asian influence.

Take the katsu sando, a novel twist on the on-trend dish which swaps out the typical pork filling for a slab of dense fried sardine, coated in breadcrumbs and completed by a smattering of sharp pickled lettuce. Asian techniques are also seen elsewhere, via sashimi-style strips of flamed mackerel, given extra fattiness thanks to a slathering of bacon fat.

From the more conventional dishes, the signature starter of ‘crab on beef fat chips’ is served canapé-style as two proper, thick-cut, chip-shop style chips, elevated by having been cooked in beef fat dripping and topped with a hefty scoop of succulent shredded crab. A larger plate of sticky-glazed shortrib melts on the tongue and is well paired with hunks of earthy grilled beetroot.  

With its knowledgeable staff, ingredient-led dishes and a curated wine list which champions small producers from around the world, Two Lights is a restaurant for people who know (and love) their food. 


28-30 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8AA

020 3976 0076


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-22:30
Wed 18:00-22:30
Thu 18:00-22:30
Fri 18:00-22:30
Sat 18:00-22:30
Sun 18:00-22:30


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