Month: April 2015

New Opening: Bull In A China Shop

Keeping updated with all the new restaurants and bars popping up in Shoreditch can be tricky and I often find word of mouth is the most effective way to find new favourites. So when a friend told me about Bull In A China Shop, I was keen to check it out. Founded by the same owners who brought us The Drunken Monkey, the new eatery/bar describes itself as offering a contemporary menu drawing influences from the Far East as well as serving up a range of superfood salads and an expansive list of luxury Japanese whiskies. Situated smack bang in the middle of Shoreditch High Street opposite Pizza East and Boxpark, you really can’t miss it. Greeted by  an allusive and minimalist exterior I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but that’s all part of the fun right? Inside the restaurant, there was a large bar to our left while the rest of the space was occupied with tables and oriental style decor. Once I was inside the restaurant I instantly felt at ease and relaxed. It was modern and beautifully decorated …

Midweek Dinner: Hackney Bureau

Sunshine, glorious sunshine! With the sun still beaming after I  finished work, I decided to head to London Fields and meet some friends for drinks. The place was heaving and the alluring scent of BBQs was unavoidable. This was enough to work up an appetite and as the sun started to set we decided to get some food. Broadway Market was still quite busy so we walked for a few minutes towards Mare Street and came across Hackney Bureau. Situated on the corner of Mare Street and Andrews Road, the intimate and rustic restaurant caught our eye. A quick scan of the menu revealed a limited but impressive choice of starters, mains and desserts. The specials board also threw up some tempting dishes in addition to the daily offerings. The restaurant is a decent size and was about half full (Wednesday night) but I imagine it gets much busier at weekends. At first glance you may think it’s more of a coffee/cafe outlet but this actually adds to the charm as once you sit down in the low-lit surroundings, …

Sunday Review: The Princess of Shoreditch

Situated just a few minutes walk from Old Street station, this elegant gastro pub is the perfect setting for a Sunday roast. The cosy and intimate interior certainly creates a welcome environment for lazy Sundays. We didn’t book and the restaurant was heaving with hungry diners so we were asked to have some drinks at the bar while we waited for a table. If you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur you will rejoice at the extensive drinks menu on offer – you could find yourself here for quite a while! After around 15-20 minutes we were shown to a table just near the bar. This works on a first come, first serve basis but you can book tables in advance for the dining area upstairs. Once seated, I ordered the roasted Kilravock Farm pork ribeye. When the food arrived, the first thing I noticed was the crispy duck fat roasted potatoes, huge fluffy Yorkshire pudding and the generous serving of meat. The pork was tender, moist and carved into thick slices. The potatoes were golden and crunchy, there was a nice selection of vegetables, …