Scott Hallsworth is certainly a busy bloke. After opening his Kurobuta pop-up on the King’s Road, Chelsea, (and later a permanent premises in Marble Arch), he moved on to Japanese-inspired members’ restaurant Ramusake in South Ken (which he later left). And ow the Antipodean chef has moved his latest venture Joe’s Oriental Diner from west London our east.
His Oriental dive bar, serving ‘bare bones’ ‘gritty’ pan Asian food, has upped sticks from the former site of Kurobuta on the King’s Road and is now ensconced within Hackney’s creative hub The Laundry Building. It officially reopens in its new home tomorrow (20 May).
Joe’s serves a number of interestingly named cocktails (such as the ‘Green Bastard’) as well as ‘Frosties’ (frosted beers), small sharing plates, curries and beef rib rendang buns. On the menu: Crab Rangoon with sweet chilli dip; Gai Yang bbq chicken with sticky bag rice; and duck leg red curry with lychees.