You cannot miss out this hipster restaurant inl east London! Head to the first floor of this East End trendsetter for the light, white restaurant and big oval bar (the Manchichi, where walk-ins can eat and good cocktails are mixed). The welcome and service are friendly, and there’s a level of professionalism here that’s missing from many local restaurants.
Pricing is variable too – the generous prix fixe costs £17.50 for three good-sized courses, while a tiny portion of cured salmon salad with beetroot and horseradish remoulade was £14 (we can’t imagine what the £8 size looks like).
The menu (and short wine list) is more French-leaning than truly Gallic: a cheeseburger with pancetta and caramelised onions sits alongside onglet with chips and béarnaise sauce, and treacle tart with clotted cream next to crème brûlée.
What we love bust though is the popular weekend brunch adds the likes of (US-style) pancakes with bacon and maple syrup to the mix. Less welcome at brunch are the 90-minute dining slots, and the tables set uncomfortably close to the piano. Overall, it’s a reliable but fun restaurant that hasn’t become complacent.
However, the real draw is the entertainment: Bistrotheque’s little black-box stage is the beating heart of east London’s alt performance scene. It’s Jonny Woo’s regular spot for seasoned routines and new experiments; it’s where musical terrorists Bourgeois & Maurice made their name; it’s where alt-dragsters the Lipsinkers cut loose.
If you have being living without then hurry up! time to book it!
020 8983 7900
23–27 Wadeson Street
London E2 9DR