Harden's survey result
“Totally living up to the hype!” – Tomos Parry’s “cool ex-pub, first-floor dining room” (above Smoking Goat) was Harden’s top newcomer last year, and “pulls off what so many Shoreditch restaurants aspire to” with “its phenomenal food from the open kitchen; its relaxed-but-highly-competent style; and its lack of expense”. “And the wood-panelled dining room is a welcome change from the usual warehouse-style in the area”. The Basque-influenced cuisine, much of it cooked over an open wood fire, majors in fish – “never overcooked, with a hint of smokiness after a roasting over hot embers” – in particular the “to-die-for”, signature turbot (for which the restaurant is named) which is “positively Mediterranean in its fresh deliciousness”. “The room is small and tables are close together” but no-one seems to care: “the buzz of the place simply tells you that here are a lot of folks really enjoying their dinner”. It helps that “the staff are almost as good as the food: enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and clear in their explanations of the menu”. All this, plus a “brilliant, wide-ranging and value-for-money wine list”.
“I just loved everything about it!” – Behind an inconspicuous side-door in Shoreditch, on the panelled first-floor of a converted pub (a pre-gentrification strip club, whose ground floor is nowadays Smoking Goat), chef Tomos Parry (ex-head-chef of Kitty Fishers) “exceeds high expectations” and has a smash hit on his hands, with this “terrific” launch – the survey’s highest rated newcomer. The “open plan kitchen approach works well”, with the focus on the large grill which produces most of the Basque-influenced cuisine here. “So, obviously you’re going to order the turbot” – for which the restaurant is named (look it up) – which is presented whole and “utterly delicious”. But “the food is superb throughout and well priced considering its quality and the chef’s pedigree”. “Very happy staff”, “a lovely atmosphere” and thoughtful wine list complete the picture.
Brat Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Saw it mentioned in an article on line about London’s ten cheapest michelin starred venues, as that is my aim in life, I had to visit! The menu isn’t extensive but has enough variety to suit most tastes. It’s a tiny door on a small street but opens up into a great venue. I sat near the kitchen which was fascinating. Watching the kitchen staff working was great. Starter was a delicious and quite unusual steak tartare with great flavours and a slightly crunchie added texture Main was my all time favourite food,Wood Pigeon with lovely parfait plus an added dish of roasted vegetables. Dessert was a minor let down as it wasn’t as exciting as the two previous courses basically a rice dish with quince, nice but not sensational. Staff engage really well and are friendly and efficient Great experience, worth the trip in from Essex.....oh yes!"
"A succession of perfect dishes all asking me to rebook for tomorrow night. Leeks grilled with green cabbage leaf wrapping and hidden oregano leaves, with a fresh cheese dip; in a meat/fish heavy restaurant a butch and gorgeous dish. All dishes, including exemplary desserts (baked cheesecake, grilled strawberries with rice pudding) thrilled. "
"The staff here are almost as good as the food. Friendly, knowledgeable, clear in the explanations of the menu. For the food is quite different, and superbly so. Botarga that melts in the mouth. Grilled hake in pieces you eat like an oyster. And the turbot. Oh, the turbot. we fell on it. The buzz of the place simply trells you that here are a lot of quite well off people really enjoying their dinner. Wonderful."
"Very disappointing wine list which held no information about each wine and had to be discussed at length with the waiter (sommelier was no-where to be seen). Service was haphazard and the food was good, just very good quality of raw material not really cooked much (grilled) to avoid mishaps."
"Chopped egg, bottarga; bread w/ anchovy; hake chin; mackerel; turbot, potatoes, pepper; cheesecake. Delicious!"
"Great food, amazing service and a beautiful restaurant. Always a great choice!"
"After waiting weeks since making the reservation was the wait worth it? There are pluses and minuses and generally it is a big plus. Service was to the point of being so laid back we almost had to pick our waiters off the floor. There is no pressure to secure one of the more expensive wines and the eclectic wine list does feature some hefty prices. Saying that the three bottles we chose were all excellent, in particular the Greek White (Tetramythos) was a belter. As a table of four it gave us a chance to experience a few of the dishes. Oysters were meaty, slippery and unctuous. The anchovies on flatbread hit all the right marmite notes. Our large Turbot was cooked perfectly although it was a little too cool when it arrived at our table. Fortunately the plates are hot (which should be the case in EVERY RESTAURANT serving hot food). Sides were a hit and we could easily have doubled up on the spuds and peppers. It is a buzzing atmosphere although this means you can hardly hear each other talk."
" Let me start by saying this was a lunch that turned out to be more enjoyable than we first thought. I only say this as there are a lot of small sharing plate menu restaurants in the area. Therefore as this place was recently awarded a Michelin Star we wondered what made it that bit better than the others. Well after our visit you can quite clearly see why as this place offers something different with it's Spanish influences and an open wood fire grilled kitchen your in for a treat. The restaurant itself is set in the trendy Shoreditch area just off the high street. You enter through the door on the street level before making your way upstairs to the first floor. As your walking up the stairs you can already smell the wonderful aromas. We received a very friendly welcome on arrival before being shown to our table. The restaurant is set out with the open kitchen at one end and the tables set out in horizontal rows in front of the kitchen with the bar area along the side as you enter. The bar area is available for walk ins so if you are unexpectedly in the area then do take a chance. Once seated the friendliness from the staff continued as we ordered a cocktail & a glass of red wine while we looked at the menu. The menu is on a sheet of paper and changes regularly. On the front is the food with its selection of the smaller plates at the top followed by the larger plates and sides with cheese & desserts at the bottom. Then on the other side is the wine list and a great choice of wines by the glass something which I personally like to see as it gives you the one to try different wines. There's also a lovely selection of sherries and sweet wines mainly Spanish of course. After a couple of minutes we was asked if we needed any assistance with the menu to which the waitress was very helpful indeed by not only giving us a guide on how many dishes they recommend we should order but when we asked about certain dishes she then explained how they were cooked and prepared. So with her assistance we placed our order and eagerly waited for our food to arrive. We started with some chargrilled sourdough bread and homemade butter which was delicious. This was followed by our first course of Game Sausage , Blood Pudding & Beans simply fantastic We then had a little break which was nice so ordered two more glasses of red wine. Then came our next two dishes from the smaller plates section the Soused Mackerel and the Moorland Beef Tartare. Both of these dishes were beautiful and full of flavour Now it was on to the main courses and these were a real treat. We ordered the Whole Mallard which they brought to your table just after it was cooked and to explain how it will then be prepared before it was then taken back to the kitchen to be carved. We also chose the fabulous Herdwick Mutton and a side of heavenly Smoked Potatoes. After enjoying these amazing dishes we definitely then needed a rest before moving on to desserts. This was not a problem as you are free to spend as long as you want with no pressure of the table being turned. While we were resting we took to opportunity to have a little glance around and have a look at the other dishes on the menu and I have to say they all looked very appetising. So after a rest it was time for dessert which were a Burnt Cheesecake & Rhubarb a Cream Caramel & a choice of ice cream. The three flavours were Almond & Cherry , Olive Oil & Brown Bread. The waitresses face when we said just bring everything was a picture. To accompany these desserts I ordered a delightful Moscatel Sweet Wine We finished with a coffee which brought to an end a truly fantastic lunch and one that I'm looking forward to repeating in the not to distant future. This is a great place with amazing food which is full of stunning flavours. The service was excellent as each member of staff was so friendly and very helpful. The restaurant also has a great buzz to it making here a excellent choice for smaller or larger groups. So yes I would highly recommend a visit"
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
First Floor, 4 Redchurch Street, London, E1 6JJ
|Monday||12 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-5 pm|