An eccentric restaurant, in what was until recently Bethnal Green's Town Hall. So much so, that the 'modern' thought behind the menu is that there isn't one!
You choose the number of small courses you'd like - three/six/nine at lunch; six/nine/twelve at dinner - then your food appears. The whole is the creation of Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes - who trained at El Bulli, before cooking at Bacchus in London.
Dishes are his own creation, but plucked from the cuisines of South America, Thailand and Japan; and you can have each dish paired with a wine if you wish to push the boat out.
The 'menu' of the meal service is recited - so full attention is required.
Food examaples from the past have ranged from Squid Tartare with Squid Ink Granita, Pickled Radishes and Samphire & Dill Oil; Lemon Sole with Shavings of Raw Asparagus with Coconut Tapioca & Confit Egg Yolk.
Dishes are far more hit than miss - but we have heard of lukewarm food; a by-product of the modern chef's must-have Sous Vide water bath. Perhaps a fad to go the way of Nouvelle Cuisine once ever restaurant in the land has one, and the complaints of tepid food clock-up.
More reports please (see below).
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: Fri-Sun 12.00-14.00; set L £78 (6 courses) to £90
- Dinner: all week 18.00-21.30; set D £70 (6 courses), or £100 (12 courses)
- Seats: 35
- Wine: an unusual list, with few run of the mill items kicks off at about £32
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Bethnal Green Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: 25th & 26th Dec. & Bank Holidays