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Dane's Yard Kitchen

Olympic Park

When you see Tom Pellereau, Alan Sugar’s former apprentice, sitting outside sipping a coffee, his tandem leant against a wall, plotting his onward journey on a sloped iPad, you know things are changing on the pavement by the A11.

Dane’s Yard is part of ‘major regeneration project’ Strand East on the south side of that noxious thoroughfare. Beneath a 40m-high installation that looks like an Olympic Torch, the smartly industrial-look bar-restaurant sits on the River Lea at the end of the temporary footbridge that funnels supporters from West Ham into the Olympic Park.

The contrast with the all-day fry and Thai supper cafés that were the fashion in this part of London couldn’t be greater. The main courses are a bit by-the-numbers (pork belly, gnocchi, burger, steak, sea bass), but there are interesting touches – fish cakes come with sorrel cream, the chicken breast with orange and pomegranate quinoa – and many of the starters and small plates are intriguing.

Carefully presented on a wood- block, tiny but delicious parmesan and black pepper shortbreads with rather gentle creamed goat’s cheese, finished off with parsley and jewel-like red onion, were perhaps too dainty, looking and proportioned like petits fours.

Things got more substantial with the heritage beetroot salad, properly earthy but with chewy radish parings and, again, goat’s cheese lacking kick. The fried squid, also a bit chewy, was saved by peppy red chillies, and both eel with horseradish crème fraîche on toast and sea bass with samphire were flavoursome and well prepared, notwithstanding the addition to the latter of needless clams. A rather plain slice of banana and coconut cheesecake – the only ‘caramelised’ part of which was the additional banana – was entirely overshadowed by a surprisingly delicate little raspberry bread and butter pudding, with oodles of custard.

Service can sometimes be shaky – in the case of one nervous young man, literally – but is enthusiastic. And Dane’s Yard shows good intentions with a children’s menu and a greatest hits cocktail list, none of them brutally priced.

Venue name: Dane's Yard Kitchen
Contact:
Address: 133 High Street, Stratford
London
E15 2RB
Opening hours: Open 10am-4pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; 10am-10pm Sat; 10am-5pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Pudding Mill DLR or Bow Church DLR then 25 bus.
Price: Meal for two with drinks: around £70.

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Alex M

Horrid, I got the beef, I was violently sick. the staff are strange, the place was empty.
I hear they are closing down. Beware. Awful £70 wasted. Stay at home an cook. 

Greg Jones

Have been here twice, excellent food especially Sunday roast Mmmmm!! Had fish and chips the other day portions could have been a bit better and fish wasn't overly exciting. Staff are very pleasant however especially the head chef and manager! Great to see restaurants like this in Stratford! Definately worth a look in.

Bob

Pros - modern restaurant,pleasant & helpfull staff ,Food limited menue but nice, well presented,not expensive. Cons - go early so they have every thing on menue, Dress warm as main entrance door kept open all night. Worth a second visit.

Kate

At here last Tuesday. The interior is great, decently spaced tables, and staff charming and eager to please. My ribeye with bearnise, watercress and double cooked chips was absolute perfection, and great value as we were on a special offer; but i'm not sure I'd pay the usual £25 asking price, so I hope they find a way to get the prices down a bit and maintain the quality.