The wine menu is amazing! I had the seafood stew, which was lovely. It could have done with a tad more seasoning, but my friends and I thought the service was brilliant and really enjoyed our meals. The portion size & atmosphere made it worth paying that little extra.
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Sep 25 2013
After over a decade in existence, Eyre Brothers is a trusted local fixture, equally attractive to couples, Shoreditch’s young movers ’n’ shakers and suited City persons deep in lunchtime conversation. The low-ceilinged, dark-wood and leather design helps – it’s contemporary-classic without flimsy trendiness, and adroitly provides both sheltered spaces and large tables suitable for groups. For further intimacy, there are some very comfortable spots near the long bar, where tapas are offered.
Service is top-notch, alert and individual. The menus, which now seem more solidly Iberian than globe-trotting, focus on punchy flavours and vigorous seasonings. Our meal had highs, but also some lows: a seafood salad featured squid, octopus, mussels and prawns of the quality that needs (and got) little preparation beyond a lovely, smooth dressing; the speciality of Ibérico pork fillet, marinated in paprika, thyme and garlic, then grilled, was magnificently herby and tender (meats, in general, are outstanding) and crema catalana dessert was moreishly perfect. A tortilla, though, was disappointingly dry, as was empadão de bacalhau – a Portuguese salt-cod cottage pie – which looked as if it had been made some time earlier and rather clumsily warmed up. Just a blip, we hope.
The wine list is stacked with high-quality Spanish and (more unusual) Portuguese labels, but is pricey.
Eyre Brothers 70 Leonard Street
- Venue phone:
020 7613 5346
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-2.45pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6.30-10.45pm Mon-Fri; 7-11pm Sat
Tube: Old Street
Main courses £15-£27.50
- 70 Leonard Street
- 020 7613 5346
- 70 Leonard Street
- Eyre Brothers
Average User Rating
2.7 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:5
I wish I'd taken the time to read the reviews by everyone else on here. First time I've felt really let down by Time Out. First off it's clearly a trap for suits so don't go if you're expecting a warm and romantic setting. If you're looking for something a little more Christian Bale however then you're in luck. We waited until we had to ask for a menu, service was inconsiderate, when I found a hair in my octopus I was given the option of a refund for that one item or a new one (rather than say an apology and a bottle of wine) and the the only items we had from the menu that were of notable quality were the ones that can be bought in and served straight up without the need of a chef or any imagination (the wine and the cured meat). This is the only restaurant I've ever not tipped in. We skipped desert and went to The Diner for a beer and a banana split which I highly recommend!
Firstly I have to say the food was good. However this was totally negated by the service. It was without doubt the worst I have experienced in a London restaurant. Our waiter was downright rude; ignoring us until we had to ask for a drink and then abrupt / aggressive one word responses all evening, we even tried to joke with him but to no avail. We complained to the Maitre d' who was then seen laughing and back slapping with the waiter and then became rude to use too. Our conclusion, unless you are acceptable city boys or with a man you won't get a great reception here.
I took my girlfriend here on her birthday as the food sounded amazing and the reviews were good. On arrival, the place was quite empty and it felt a little bit like a corporate business hotel in terms of ambience/decor...but it was the promise of incredible food that had been the main draw, so no matter! Focusing on our chosen main, the pork with clams for two to share (chosen as an authentic Portuguese dish), we just ordered some very light starters - Pimientos De Padron and fried Courgettes (both ok, but nothing special and very pricey for bog-standard tapa's) None of this was a major issue though, because it was the delicious sounding pork we were waiting for.... After about 30 mins we were delivered…an enormous t-bone steak!? Obviously a mistake and no-doubt an honest one on their part, but the subsequent debate over who's fault it was (e.g. ours or theirs) seemed unprofessional and we felt a little pushed into having it anyway as it was explained that we'd have to wait another 20 mins for the pork. A subsequent offer to remove the £8 price difference between the two dishes was also offered up. As we were really hungry by the point (although if I’d wanted steak and chips we would’ve gone to The Hawksmoor) but ultimately because I didn't want to spoil the ambience of a birthday meal by causing a big fuss and complaining, we agreed to stick with the steak…which again was ok, nothing special. Our two sides were beetroot (unremarkable) and minted peas (ok, but you can honestly get better at Nando's) Drinking our second bottle of wine, it began to feel like we were being encouraged to leave (and this was still before 10pm) by tills being cashed up, dishes and cutlery being noisily put away and chairs being scraped back into place. It was never verbally communicated but we got the real feeling from them that it was Monday night, they weren't very busy, and it would be great if the staff could all get off home early. We actually laughed about it as it was icing on the distinctly average cake that was our Eyre Brothers experience. Not wanting to keep them from getting home (who were we, mere customers, to prevent that!) I asked for the bill...which duly arrived with the full price steak on there. We got the £8 back in cash after reminding them of their own suggestion, but it was just another thing that had been badly handled. Sadly I cannot comment on the elusive pork, but for what we experienced, there's thousand's of places easily as good for half the price. Service-wise it was all very polite and nobody was being difficult by any means, but there's a few very obvious things that a restaurant should do - e.g. not debate with its customers, not make a big song and dance about closing up for the night earlier than stated and not forgetting to honour promises for mistakes made. At standard prices for standard food, I would have given 3 stars but for the money it has to be 2...and one of those is for the wine!
Good food and drinks selection, quiet enough to have a conversation without shouting. Would go again.
It remains even after 10 years one of London great restaurants which combining excellent food in a great environment.
Love it. Been going since it opened about 10 years ago and it never disappoints. The pork is a must.
Booked this restaurant after reading all the good reviews but was so disappointed. The place itself wasn't really to my taste, way to corporate/hotel restaurant like, but I was hoping the food would blow me away. Unfortunately not. Both mine and my partners meals were bland and uninspired. If it had been more like £10-12 a main I guess I would have been OK with it but for £18 a main I expect much more than was delivered. The puddings were even worse, we went for the chocolate cake which arrived as the smallest slither Id ever seen with a giant scoop of clotted cream. Again bland, and serving it with clotted cream just made it even more sickly sweet. If your going to spend £15+ on a main go to Les Trois Garcons down the road or Moro in Exmouth market, not here!
I love this restaurant. I’ve been twice, once with the boyfriend and once with a group of friends - it was perfect on both occasions. I live in south London but would happily travel here regularly for the Iberico pork! I was a fan when David Eyre ran The Eagle and I'm happy to report his cooking just gets better and better!