With its bang-on-trend stylings, po-faced ‘whatevs’ attitude and covert Asian-ness, 100 Hoxton is the restaurant equivalent of the latest party-hopping fashion model. Add to this the fact that the venue spent a brief stint as a kebab shop and it might sounds an unappetising prospect. But brace yourself – the Asian-inspired food can be excellent.
The menu of sharing plates is brief – so much so that, with a couple of friends on board, you could probably get through the lot. Of those we tried, the biggest clash of forks was over the duck breast: sublimely pink and tender ribbons of meat pairing beautifully with courgette kimchi and cashew beer butter. Garam masala-spiced octopus with celeriac puree was similarly exceptional.
100 Hoxton’s drinks list is just as inventive. The prosecco-based house cocktail may have been suspiciously lacking in fizz, but this at least allowed the ginger, chilli and lemongrass flavours a clear path to the palate, where they sang with the clout of Pavarotti in his prime.
The only downside was the service. Dishes that hadn’t been ordered arrived and then taken away without apology – and left on the bill. A request for dessert was met with the discouraging disclosure that the kitchen was closing in 20 minutes. Luckily the chef doesn’t share the slack work ethic – both the spiced plum clafoutis and the mango and cardamom shrikhand (an Indian dessert of strained, set yoghurt) were fantastic.