Classic British dishes with modern twists in Shoreditch
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : British
Address : 36 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch , London, EC2A 3PG, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.merchantstavern.co.uk
Opening Times : Mon-Sat 12am-3pm & 6pm-11pm; Sun 12am-4pm & 6pm-9pm
Closest Tube : Moorgate
Shoreditch was in need of an opening like Merchants Tavern. Situated on Great Eastern Street, a stone's throw from food truck haven Red Market, amongst various pop-ups gone permanent and hipster dens and Britart-studded bistros, this new opening is offering a bit of a throwback ambience, with a genteel buzz, sophisticated cocktails and superlative cuisine. Spearheaded by Angela Hartnett, Neil Borthwick, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton Malone, the handsome restaurant is an amalgam of 1950s Modernist and Victorian accents, with exposed brickwork and an entire herd's allotment of green leather booths. The smart, oak-panelled, stained-glass bar is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, headed up by Neil Cook, formerly of 5 Hertford Street, who has performed a number of twists on classic cocktails.
The real star of the show, however, is the Modern British food. The dishes, diminutive in stature, excel in refinement. Ingredients are painstakingly sourced and transubstantiated into homey excellence. Hogget broth with pearl barley was a poignant reminder of Britain's rich and rusticated country cuisine, especially when paired with grilled sourdough topped with a luxuriously creamy Berkswell. A cubical roast loin of venison, topped with a dark, earthy sauce, a razor thin slice of lardo, and nestled betwixt braised red cabbage and sprout tops, followed suit in quality. There's a wide selection of wine to complement the dishes, much of which is available by the glass and carafe.
All in, Merchants Tavern looks poised to become one of E2's premier dining destinations.