Hot news from Hot Dinners. Ex-River Cafe and St John Bread & Wine chef Max Rocha has opened this canalside spot in Hackney (part of the new WMe8 development) after running a lockdown delivery venture and supper clubs.
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By the canal in Hackney, this August 2021 newcomer arrived with high expectations thanks to the CV of chef Max Rocha and was quickly blessed by The Guardian’s Grace Dent, who felt that despite it’s “homespun edge”, it was “only just getting started on its path to being one of London most serious restaurants”. Our feedback was more cautious: split between finding it “a really nice, friendly new favourite” and “not living up to the hype”.
Down by the canal in Hackney, this new café is part of the new WME8 development. Opened in August 2021, it’s the work of Dubliner Max Rocha (an ex-River Café chef and son of Irish fashion designer John Rocha) who has run a series of supper clubs in recent years. Breakfast (with Guinness bread and potato cake advertising his origins) is served from 9am, then it’s on to fairly simple lunches (onglet and chips, rabbit tagliatelle…), with dinner opening promised for later in 2021.
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"A very nicely furnished restaurant with a high ceiling, though we would not have been too pleased were we to halve been allocated one of the two tables right round the corner next to the WC. The place wasn’t at all busy when we started the meal, but the noise went up several decibels when 5 women were seated at quite a distant table. So it could be very noisy later in the evening if it became full. The food was indeed very nice, but our main comment on it was there was far too much of it. The next door table asked for a doggie-bag to take what remained of just their starters. My brown crab starter came spread on a half inch thick slice of Guinness Sourdough toast, which tended to over power much of the delicate flavour of the crab. So I ended up cutting off a small piece of toast off then lathering it with crab, and ended up leaving half of the toast. My wife had a very large portion of pork & apricot terrine, with cornichons which she needed my help to finish. My main course was a huge barnsley chop which was cooked to perfect after I asked for it to be well done. The half inch thick grilled and spiced slice of an extremely large aubergine which came with it made for a very filling meal. My wife had the onglet, well done again to her absolute satisfaction, and it came with plenty of peppercorn sauce which really pleased her. Silvia ordered a Guinness bread ice cream which took an age to be served, by which time we had tried to cancel it, so it was given on the house. To my mind the taste of the bread did not improve the flavour of the ice cream and ruined the texture. "
|Wine per bottle||£20.00|
Canal Place, 32 Andrews Road, London, E8 4RL
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Sunday||9 am‑10:45 am, 12 pm‑3:30 pm|