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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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Summary

£65
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Cool places rarely fit the hype… but this one does!” Max Rocha’s “low key and informal” Hackney two-year-old is going from strength to strength. “A light airy space by the canal, it’s great for a relaxed meal”, with service that – “though achingly hip – is very good”. The “slightly unusual” food is all about small portions of intense flavours and “super-fresh seasonal ingredients”, and results are “excellent”. “Bonne chance getting a table!” Top Menu Tip – “the Guinness bread is very tasty”.

Summary

£57
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

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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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£11.00 £21.50 £5.00 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £20.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Canal Place, 32 Andrews Road, London, E8 4RL
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Sunday9 am‑10:45 am, 12 pm‑3:30 pm

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