Harden's survey result
“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”.
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.
Cornerstone Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It was good to be back at one of our favourite restaurants on saturday when we made our Magnificent 7th visit to Cornerstone. I'm also glad to say the standard of food and service that we felt was raised to the next level on our last visit was easily held in place this time as well. Of course on this occasion our visit like everywhere else would be a little bit different than usual but I'm happy to say this felt about as normal as it could be. We arrived on saturday in the trendy and even more popular area now of Hackney Wick and were given the usual friendly welcome. Our hands were sanitised before being shown to our table. Once seated you could see how many covers had been lost in order to keep everyone a safe distance apart. I was pleased to see that the staff were not wearing any face masks which to me personally is great as you can clearly hear when they speak to you and can also see any facial expressions We then looked at the menu which apart from one were all new dishes so there was only one thing to say to our waitress Elina and that was we would like the whole menu please. We started with a snack of puff pastry filled with cod roe before we moved onto the Bread & Butter that came along with the first courses of Salmon Pastrami and Treacle Cured Ling Ham. These were closely followed by the amazing oysters. One of which was raw with green tomato & seaweed salsa and the other was pickled with celery , horseradish & dill. We then moved on to a fantastic Sea Bream Tartare with egg yolk & soy that when you mixed it all together was absolute heaven. I would definitely say you need a slice of bread with this. Next to come was the Cured Gurnard with a roast onion dashi , red chilli & smoked anchovy that really plays with your palate but I'm pleased to say that it was delicious and the flavours really compliment each other. Last in this section was an old favourite and personally a mackerel dish that I love the most. The Mackerel Pate with cider and the fabulous Treacle Bread is devine. A little break and a nice chat with our waitress Elina who was a credit to the restaurant and was very friendly throughout our lunch. Also nice to see Francesca again and talk about the new menu as well as how things have been during these tough times. This led us onto the highlight of any visit the Crab Crumpet which this time came topped with cauliflower & old winchester that I'm delighted to say was another stunning creation. We then moved to the John Dory with the famous chicken butter sauce , sweetcorn & leeks. We felt the sauce was lighter and a bit more herbaceous than usual but complimented the fish perfectly. The final fish course of the day was my personal favourite of the day the Hake Kiev with a wild mushroom butter & black truffle hollandaise was an absolute taste sensation. Now it was time for one of my favourite pastry chefs Kelly to takeover which started with a fabulous Cheese Course of Baron Bigod , carrot & walnut cake & golden raisin chutney which I was having the pleasure of accompanying with an excellent Old Fashioned cocktail. Now onto the desserts starting with a Creme Caramel with blackberry jam & poached pear. Then we enjoyed the Jivaro Chocolate Mousse Cake with orange jelly & Milk Ice Cream and finally the Blackcurrant Sorbet with fig leaf oil & honey liqueur. All these desserts were absolutely delicious which I have to say is personally no surprise to me as I always enjoy Kelly's wonderful dessert creations. We were also in for a little surprise when Kelly sent over a slice of Plum Tart with yoghurt ice cream. This is something new their trying at weekends. Basically she will make a different tart each weekend so the next time you visit don't forget to ask for a slice and honestly it was amazing. We finished with coffee and a petit four to bring to an end another fantastic visit to Cornerstone and although Tom was otherwise engaged today he would be very pleased with the overall performance of his team. The food was excellent and matched by fabulous desserts. The service was also very friendly and professional once again especially from Francesca & Elina. This really is a must visit so put it at the top of your dining list. Definitely looking forward to my next visit already. Thank You all for an amazing lunch and see you all again soon #SupportHospitality"
"Very friendly, informal but efficient and professional"
" This was our sixth visit to Cornerstone a place where we've always enjoyed some amazing fish , fabulous desserts and received very friendly service. Well I can tell you right here and now that the bar has definitely been raised to a new level. The fish & dessert dishes were still absolutely fantastic with even more amazing flavour but what really stood out was the service. There seemed to be a few more staff who were now dressed in a casual uniform that allowed them to concentrate more on the attention on detail to the diner. This I thought made it a more professional service without taking anything away from the friendliness that had always been there in the past. We arrived on saturday after enjoying a nice walk through Queen Elizabeth park to Hackney Wick which is an area going through a huge development process which I'm sure will make the restaurant even more popular. We entered the restaurant to receive the usual friendly welcome and even received a quick hello from Chef/Owner Tom Brown himself before being escorted to our table. This was followed with a welcome back complimentary glass of champagne. We were then given the menu which are small plates that are designed for sharing. To our delight there were a lot of new dishes so therefore after a little chat about what we should choose we placed our order. We started with the bread and butter which was accompanied by the Secret Smokehouse Cod Roe. This was closely followed with the Chalk Stream Trout Ham. The flavours were heavenly and our anticipation of what was to follow rose dramatically. The next dish to arrive was the Herring "Escabeche" with Red Pepper & Saffron that really was bursting with flavour and quite refreshing on the palate. The following dish was one of the many highlights a stunning Grey Mullet Tartare with Egg Yolk , Seaweed & Soy. Next on the list was the Cured Gurnard with Beetroot , Borcht Dressing & Soured Cream. This led us to the last dish of this section and an old favourite the Mackerel Pate , Cider & Treacle Bread well you can't not have it really. I have to say that also the pace of which the dishes arrived at the table was spot on as I know that some places that offer this style of menu can't wait to serve all the dishes as quick as possible. This certainly wasn't the case here and definitely another plus point to the more professional service on the day. So now to our next course which was the Orkney Scallop with Smoked Coral Oil & Preserved Lime. This led us to another highlight of the day the sensational Crab Crumpet , Rarebit & Worcester Sauce and oh my god it was simply heaven. We then finished the fish dishes with a beautiful Cornish Hake , Curry Sauce , Wild Rice & Lime Pickle. Now it was time for one of my favourite pastry chefs Kelly Cullen to take over as we moved onto to first the Cheese Course of Blue Cheese , Rhubarb Chutney & Almond Cake a combination the really went well together. This led us onto the desserts where the two that arrived first were the Apple Pie , Custard Ice Cream & Apple Butterscotch and the Lemon Meringue Pavlova. These were followed by the White Chocolate & Mango Torte with Solero Ice Cream & Passionfruit. All three desserts as expected were absolutely delicious and all washed down with a glass of Port and an Old Fashioned cocktail. We finished with a coffee to round off a truly memorable afternoon. I'd like to thank Tom and his team of young chefs for the amazing food , to Kelly for the fabulous desserts and to all the staff for the excellent friendly and professional service. This definitely was our best visit yet and look forward to returning again soon. With all this it won't surprise you when I say that I would highly recommend a visit."
"The two things I would fix would be clear naming (you'll see below that things are often given a name which doesn't quite describe them) and at least 2 dishes that allow you to taste the real fish, with acouttrements on the side if desired. We had the tasting menu on Feb 14th: Cod's roe (taramasala) was superb, as is their bread - almost the best thing they do. The Salmon "pastrami" is basically Gravadlax and was delicious but too similar to the slightly dried out Trout Ham The pickled Oyster I don't think was pickled though it was sprinkled with finely chopped pickles and was delicious. The Crab crumpet was too heavy and the crab flavour too disguised by the rarebit sauce - such a waste of teh wonderful crab flavours and textures The Skate - really nice piece of fish, just a fraction overcooked - but then spoiled by a largely unnecessary sauce - delicious though the sauce was (chicken and mushroom) The lemon Pavlova was not a pavlova but in fact a lemon meringue pie (why not call it that?) was nice but not great - a little too sweet and meringue stuck in the teeth. Finally the Albarinho we chose was a disappointment, tasted vaguley like a natural wine but staff said it was not - probably better to take your own wine."
|Wine per bottle||£35.00|
3 Prince Edward Road, London, E9 5LX
|Tuesday||6 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|