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Gerry Calabrese, owner of The Hoxton Pony, is surely on to a winner with this charming, idiosyncratic conversion of a London Fields laundry. Half the considerable floor space – plus a kitsch, all-weather tented courtyard – is now a 1950s-cool lounge bar. On-trend booze bunnies will be keen to sample Calabrese’s 30 different £10 spins on the gin-based Tom Collins. Top takes include vibrant Colour Wash (plum-infused Bombay Sapphire and poppy liqueur, charged with beetroot and vanilla soda), The Walnut (Jack Daniels infused with duck fat-roasted walnuts, eucalyptus syrup and chocolate bitters topped with chilli foam) and The Crumble (vodka-laced liquid apple and blackberry pudding topped with a crumble crust). Less outré recipes – reposado Tequila Collins, for instance – and infusion jars to share, make up the compelling list. Champagne afternoon tea costs £24, while £120 gets a turbo-charged version for a party of four, including infusion-jar cocktails served in vintage china teacups.
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15 August 2016
Food presentation was clean and had a rustic nature to it. The style of plating is a minimalist approach with less than five main ingredients on the plate. Portions were generous. I wished I had room to savour their desserts. But when I was in the quandary upon ordering, their desserts did not sound appealing. Having said that, I was not disappointed with not having any desserts but the tiniest bit of me did wish I could have a spoonful.
pea, ham hock and tarragon – The dish looked more like a mediocre affair but wow, when I had that first spoonful, I felt it was good honest cooking. Well balanced flavours, subtly sweet peas with the slight aniseed flavour from the tarragon, I thought it was ace! The ham hock was generous as well.
artichokes, fennel, grapefruit – this dish was strange. It felt like an experimentation of flavours. It was either that or I just don't understand vegetarianism or raw food concept. The artichokes and fennel were raw and shaved thinly. The flavour left a bitterness on the palate. Garnished with that rocket on top, was an added bitterness that the dish did not need. The fennel also tasted a bit old and seemed slightly shrivelled.
salt beef, french beans and shallots – salt beef is not a dish that I have had often before but this dish made me want to make it at home! The meat was so tender I had to grab the waitress and demand the recipe from the chef. Slightly exaggerating about my action, but I did politely ask for the recipe.
pan fried cod with courgettes and tomatoes – the cod fillet looked generous and eye catching against those vibrant red cherry tomatoes. It was very well cooked with the very much expected crispy skin and flaky fish meat balanced perfectly with its seasoning. The vegetables around it were accommodated well with the fish.
Needless to say after the glowing review of their savoury dishes, I'd highly recommend Wringer and Mangle. The restaurant is suitable for both large groups or romantic dining for two. The high ceiling gave a sense of space and the restaurant felt airy. It has different sections that make it suitable for many occasions. The dining room towards the back of the restaurant feels like a greenhouse in a private residence. The middle section with a view to the kitchen is more casual with high dining table and chairs. The front is very relaxing furnished with large sofas perfect for cocktails. It is a charming restaurant nestled in the London Fields neighbourhood.
Wringer and Mangle serves home cooked British food. Starters were an average of £7.50, main dishes at £15.00 and desserts are at £6.50. There are offers for cocktails and also bottomless brunch on weekends. I say that it is worth looking out for. Wringer and Mangler dishes are the restaurant kinda food that inspires my home cooking.
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