Town Hall Hotel
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Time Out says
Wed Oct 17 2012
The more affordable and informal of Nuno Mendes’ two restaurants in the Town Hall boutique hotel is nevertheless almost as much of a culinary adventure as the Michelin-starred Viajante. No bookings are taken, so you’ll probably wait for a table, but the bar on the ground floor is a smart, stylish space for an apertif and some olives.
Once seated in the small, quietly arty – though slightly lacking in atmosphere – corner dining space, an amuse-bouche will prepare you for the start of a creatively put-together menu. Dishes change regularly with the seasons, but normally feature lots of seafood options, such as sea bass ceviche with fennel, octopus with smoked potato and hazelnut milk, or cod with clam porridge.
Meat dishes, along the lines of neck of lamb with wild garlic and grains, keep your taste buds on their toes, while Mendes’ Iberian heritage is often apparent in the ingredients – we particularly enjoyed Iberico pork served with Portuguese bread pudding.
Presentation is as important as flavour here, with the modern-art-on-a-plate approach continuing to wow punters. For the price, these are exciting eats; but beware of the final bill – the short but well-chosen wine list here is more high-end, with the cheapest bottle costing £28 on our last visit.
Corner Room Town Hall Hotel
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Lunch served noon-4pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm daily
Tube: Bethnal Green tube
Main courses £10-£15. Set lunch (noon-3pm Mon-Fri) £17 2 courses, £21 3 courses
- Town Hall Hotel
- Town Hall Hotel
- Corner Room
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant. Restaurant and bar facilities. Bookings not accepted. Accessible facilities
Hip factor. Eating out. Celebrated chefs. Creative cooking