When it was displaced by the development of the Olympic Park, London’s oldest salmon smoker – established in the early 20th century to supply London’s Jewish community with Baltic salmon – moved to a prime site just across the Lea Navigation from the Olympic Stadium. The snazzy new premises incorporated a restaurant and bar as well as the corporate headquarters and a spacious smokery with viewing gallery.
Forman's salmon obviously features prominently on the menu, in a salmon and crab salad with fennel and apple, or served with buckwheat blinis. Elsewhere it's modern-British cooking – think poached turbot with scallops, clams, baby carrots and chorizo froth, or pepper-encrusted rump of lamb with bubble and squeak and a port reduction. Desserts include a banana and cream tart.
The wine list features a range of English bottles, from Three Choirs, Chapel Down, Bacchus, Denbies and Biddenden. There's a short cocktail list, too.
|Cross street:||Fish Island|
|Opening hours:||Bar Open/snacks served 5-9pm Thur, Fri; noon-5pm Sat, Sun.Restaurant Brunch served 10am-2pm Sat. Lunch served noon-3pm Sun. Dinner served 7-9pm Thur-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Hackney Wick rail or Pudding Mill Lane DLR|
|Price:||Main courses £11.50-£19.50|
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Feel cheated out of £68 for a poor meal which was supposed to celebrate my husband's birthday. The service was unfriendly. The starter was ok, but my idea of a blini is a flat round pancake like object not a small dollop of mashed potato that has dried out a bit. That was nothing compared to being charged £12.50 for essentially one poached egg, a fishcake and a handful of rocket for a main course. Then adding insult to injury, my main of salt-marsh lamb did not come pink in the middle as expected, and the potato tasted like it had been soaked in bleach. Suffice to say I won't be gracing their doors again. We departed early to find coffee and dessert down the road at the Counter Cafe instead.