RestaurantsLondonShoreditchE1

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Summary

£87
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Sensational” cooking over an open fire in the corner of the room has won the highest culinary esteem (including from the Harden’s London Restaurant Awards) for Tomos Parry’s “unassuming” Shoreditch venue, which sits in a “functional and slightly industrial”, first-floor dining room above ‘Smoking Goat’. In particular, “the signature turbot is a must-try” (‘Brat’ is another name for turbot) and has become a checklist item for London foodie fashionistas. Its food rating slipped this year from the highest heights on a few reports of “great but slightly inconsistent” meals. For most of its many fans, though, a meal here is still “always wonderful”. Top Menu Tips – aside from the turbot: “still superb bread and anchovy…”, “soused mackerel in a piquant broth was divine…”, “smoked potatoes are my Death Row dish…”

Summary

£85
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Superb, unadorned cooking”, cooked on an open wood fire – “the quality of meat and fish is magnificent” not least the “truly memorable turbot” (for which the place is named) – continues to inspire adulatory reviews for Tomos Parry’s “unassuming but cool first-floor dining room”, above Shoreditch’s Smoking Goat. “If you want dark and moody, with glowing lights in the background and a roaring fire in the corner of the room, this is the place! You get pared down surroundings offset by outstanding food”. “I could easily just eat the bread as a meal: this place is really that good!” See also Brat at Climpson's Arch.

Summary

£61
  £££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Totally living up to the hype!” – Tomos Parry’s “cool ex-pub, first-floor dining room” (above Smoking Goat) was Harden’s top newcomer two years ago, 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”. Until at least January 2021 Tomos has already taken up a Brat residency at Climpson's Arch in Hackney (374 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB) – a particular brunch mecca.

Summary

£61
  £££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

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Brat Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Brat Restaurant in E1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Brat restaurant.
Carlos D
The informed, friendly service makes up for...
Reviewed 16 days ago

"The informed, friendly service makes up for the somewhat lackluster decor. The food is simple but beautifully done. The spider crab toast was to die for, and the duck rice a clever twist on paella. But some items, such as the anchovy toast, are too pricey for something so simple. Given the prices, the wine list would benefit from a carafe offering."

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Martin B
Simple things (lemon sole and mutton chop) ...
Reviewed 6 months, 11 days ago

"Simple things (lemon sole and mutton chop) done very, very well on a smoking fire - a wow factor with every dish. A lovely room too!"

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David F
There is a real buzz about this restaurant,...
Reviewed 8 months, 22 days ago

"There is a real buzz about this restaurant, with the young clientele, the open wood fire and the enthusiastic servers. The food is very good but there is not much space between diners. "

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Nigel H
Great food and wine list. £250 for two so ...
Reviewed 9 months, 3 days ago

"Great food and wine list. £250 for two so no bargain though wine was £100. Superb clam soup. Perfect duck."

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Jin L
Pub like setting, tables very close. Good c...
Reviewed 10 months, 23 days ago

"Pub like setting, tables very close. Good cooking but strangely portioned and unsatisfying. Two starters and main course each. Expensive for what you get especially as sides are not included. The star dishes aren’t suited for 2 ie you would struggle with the beef and turbot . Disappointing. "

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Robert K
It's a great concept having the open fire i...
Reviewed 11 months, 24 days ago

"It's a great concept having the open fire in the restaurant area. Overall the lunch was enjoyable. Friendly service. The whole fish main course was a little fiddly, but manageable. It's a functional space, which is a bit industrial but it works well. "

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David A
Had a supbar experience. Turbot was poorly ...
Reviewed 11 months, 24 days ago

"Had a supbar experience. Turbot was poorly seasoned and lacked any intensity of flavour. Bread with St Helena was bland and the grilled leeks were not seasoned at all. For £110, the turbot needed to be perfect. When I flagged the issue (very politely), the server just quietly apologised and handed us the credit card machine. Best thing was the velvet crab soup, but that was only good, and not exceptional. I know this place has potential and I know we must've just gone on an off day, but it was still disappointing."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Main Pudding
£60.00 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
First Floor, 4 Redchurch Street, London, E1 6JJ
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:45 pm

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