RestaurantsLondonHackney WickE9

survey result

Summary

£83
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Tom Brown is a genius with fish cooking” and his Scandi-chic venture with open kitchen in the hipster-central environs of Hackney Wick station provides dishes that are “exploding with flavour and full of originality (the sea bream tartare with miso-ponzu dressing and chilli oil was astonishing!)”. The place has “such a chilled vibe as well”“it’s great to watch the open kitchen during service” and the atmosphere is “not in the least pretentious”, thanks to service that’s particularly “friendly and expert”. “My daughter and I went for her 21st and my 59th – amazing!”.

Summary

£63
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“In a rather unlikely location, tucked away around the corner from Hackney Wick station” – Tom Brown’s stellar yearling is one of the “most impressive” arrivals of the last year or so. His “super-fresh” fish dishes “are inventively conceived and perfectly executed” from an “original menu”; and served in an artfully “plain” and “relaxed” environment, which “brings the area’s industrial heritage to the fore, while injecting a hint of Scandi chic”. Staff are “very accommodating” too, and – with the open kitchen centre stage – “it’s lovely watching the chefs at work”. A few reporters consider it “a victim of hype”, but, for the overwhelming majority, it’s well “worth the expedition”.

Summary

£63
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“In a rather unlikely location, tucked away around the corner from Hackney Wick station” – Tom Brown’s stellar yearling is one of the “most impressive” arrivals of the last year or so. His “super-fresh” fish dishes “are inventively conceived and perfectly executed” from an “original menu”; and served in an artfully “plain” and “relaxed” environment, which “brings the area’s industrial heritage to the fore, while injecting a hint of Scandi chic”. Staff are “very accommodating” too, and – with the open kitchen centre stage – “it’s lovely watching the chefs at work”. A few reporters consider it “a victim of hype”, but, for the overwhelming majority, it’s well “worth the expedition”.

Summary

Tom Brown (formerly behind the stoves at Nathan Outlaw at The Capital), has branched out on his own with this minimalist Hackney Wick newcomer, where the kitchen is centre-stage in the room, putting the focus even more firmly on the predominantly fishy fare from this native Cornishman. It opened in May 2018, just too late for survey feedback – Giles Coren went overboard for it in his early press review, while our jungle telegraph says it’s a brilliant addition to east London, but that the earth doesn’t always move, and that it’s priced for somewhere more central.

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Cornerstone Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Cornerstone Restaurant in E9, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Cornerstone restaurant.
Steven B
Repeat lunch visit this time dragging along...
Reviewed 6 months, 16 days ago

"Repeat lunch visit this time dragging along friends. This is definitely a good idea as you can share so many more dishes. You only need to taste to enjoy. It is also quiet with spread out tables, no real music and the kitchen staff working in the centre of the room in companionable silence. (Try and face this) Service receives top scores as they are highly professional without being stuffy or off hand. Water is filled quietly, plates and cutlery changed (5 times in our case) even serviette folded when you leave the table. The food is outstanding with huge preparation evident; surely another Michelin star beckons? Incidentally ideal for non-meat eaters as there isn't any! We had a Trout pastrami starter which is simply strips of fish and their sourdough with miso butter. The week long infusing taste is subtle. Raw "scallop" gave us no less than 4 of them unlike many places. Cured gurnard was in beetroot and so purple. Their signature crab crumpet is changed for winter by adding a rarebit on top. Last was the Hake Kiev perhaps the most conventional dish but even her subtle additions of mussel butter and parsley hollandaise. By now too full and unable to consider even a shared dessert, we had their famous yogurt ice cream sandwich with quince inside and almond on top. You need one each! Wines by the glass are good and at £8 not killing "

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John G
Had lunch at the counter which was an awkwa...
Reviewed 8 months, 3 days ago

"Had lunch at the counter which was an awkward eating spot. Preferred my fish at Behind. PLeasant meal but there are better options about"

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Debi B
Relaxed environment and a wide selection of...
Reviewed 9 months, 16 days ago

"Relaxed environment and a wide selection of fish displayed in the taster menu"

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Victoria J
The most interesting and amazing flavours i...
Reviewed 10 months, 13 days ago

"The most interesting and amazing flavours in seafood. A little noisy but very attentive waitress and the food was superb and seasonal so we can go again soon!"

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Steven B
First visit. An original menu based on shar...
Reviewed 10 months, 13 days ago

"First visit. An original menu based on sharing plates. Needs care not to over or under order! We followed the chef's menu deleting the oysters. First courses were both raw, one tartare, the other cured Gurnard. Then their signature crab crumpet (yes) and plaice. The deserts ( choux bun and cheese cake) were OK but perhaps less different than the rest. Service was really good, our waitress was always watching "her " tables filling water and replacing the tableware - which is after each plate so frequent. Atmosphere is OK. In the days of table separation, it was OK but still verging on the noisy. One table's bonhomie filled the place which has unforgiving hard surfaces. Is it attractive? Well good quality tables help but the bare ceilings and lamps look too basic for the prices. Paid £130 for 2 with only one glass of wine. "

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Maureen H
Eight course seafood tasting menu, explodin...
Reviewed 11 months, 9 days ago

"Eight course seafood tasting menu, exploding with flavour and full of originality, served by friendly and expert staff in relaxed and comfortable dining room, for £60 a head? Sign me up! The sea bream tartare with miso-ponzo dressing and chilli oil was astonishing, the hake kiev with curried potted shrimp butter and dill hollondaise just brilliant."

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Lloyd S
It was great to be back at Cornerstone on s...
Reviewed 11 months, 15 days ago

"It was great to be back at Cornerstone on saturday which is one of our favourite restaurants. There’s always a great buzz in the restaurant as well as being served some amazing fish dishes and along with the friendliness of all the team is the reason why this was our eighth visit. It was also our first chance to congratulate the team on their well deserved award of a first Michelin Star. Our welcome on arrival was as friendly as our previous visits with either a hello our a wave from staff and chefs. We received a complimentary glass of champagne while we perused our way through the menu. The food is designed for small plates to be shared which is what we’ve always done. But on this occasion we decided to be a bit different so we picked out six dishes so that we could have the same dish each. This way also meant that the dishes would arrive at the same time. I say this because if as before where we normally share the entire menu the dishes can come out in any order. Before our first dishes arrived we enjoyed a fabulous snack filled with cod roe. Then a really nice surprise from the kitchen as they sent over a couple of complimentary dishes on them. They were the Salmon Pastrami and two Pickled Oysters with cucumber , horseradish & dill along with bread and chill & lime butter. This was a fantastic gesture from the team and very much appreciated. It was now time for our first course where we decided to choose one of our favourite dishes a Sea Bream Tartare with egg yolk & soy that when you mix it all together is an absolute treat. We followed this with one of the best scallop dishes I think we’ve ever had. The Raw Scallop with asparagus , green curry & ratte potatoes was simply stunning. Now it was time for the new version of the crumpet. This time it was called a Seafood Cocktail Crumpet with brown crab & oyster marie rose. It was absolutely sublime and definitely one of the crumpet dishes they’ve done. This led us onto another new dish of Plaice , celeriac , oyster , ox gravy & watercress oil where the richness of the sauce with the plaice and fried oyster was a match made in heaven. Next to arrive was another amazing cheese course creation from pastry chef Kelly and I have to say she came up trumps yet again. The Lancashire Bomb with a spiced ‘hackney’ bun , apricot & walnut was just amazing. Her skills didn’t stop there as our dessert was a delicious a Choux Bun filled with strawberries & cream. We finished with a coffee to bring to and end another fantastic visit to Cornerstone. The fish dishes inspired by Tom Brown , James and the team are simply amazing and in my opinion improving with each visit. The service led by Francesca is very friendly and professional which gives the place a good atmosphere. I would highly recommend that if you like fish then this is the place to come and personally I can’t wait to walk through the door again. Thank You Tom , James , Kelly , Francesca and all the team for a n amazing lunch and looking forward to seeing you all again soon"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£18.00 £24.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £36.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
3 Prince Edward Road, London, E9 5LX
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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