A Shoreditch bar, club and restaurant serving modern-European food, creative cocktails and wines from across the globe.
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Bethnal Green Road
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Average User Rating
2.9 / 5
- 5 star:0
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:1
I first went to BBB years ago (funnily enough, with the same group of friends). We didn't have a great experience then but I had forgotten the specifics and, in any event, if the place was still open, may be that previously experience had been a blip.
It was not a blip. This place is really not great. The service is very friendly but ineffectual. We repeatedly had to ask for water, each time to be told it was coming but not to see it arrive. It did turn up eventually but still...
The food was really bad. We had a range of dishes: French Onion soup so bland it was left untouched (despite being something the waitress recommended), risotto (not seasoned at all), sirloin steak which was at least 50% gristle and fat and despite being ordered medium rare was served blue. The two flat iron steaks were ok but nothing special. Considering the prices - it was a really poor meal.
The desserts were nice though.
I think the thing that topped it off was receiving the bill which included an £8 Virgin Mary. Yes, that is £8 for a non-alcoholic cocktail which is basically tomato juice, Tabasco, salt and pepper with a bit of celery. That is ridiculous. Whilst I accept that my friend did not ask the price when she ordered it, if you are going to charge sooooooo much for a tomato juice, if I had been the waitress, I would have mentioned the price.
There are so many really good restaurants in Shoreditch and surrounding area, it is just not worth going here.
I liked this venue if you are looking for a slightly classier night out. The atmosphere isn’t too overwhelming on a Saturday night and despite it being busy it is quite large downstairs so you don’t feel all crowded in. Saying that… there is often a long queue at the bar and you might find yourself waiting to get served for up to 15 minutes. A little on the pricey side too, once you finally do put your order in! However I guess you are paying for the location (being so close to Shoreditch High Street), and also the atmosphere.