Number 90

Restaurants , Eclectic Hackney Wick
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There's a real buzz along the west bank of the Lea, with Hackney Wick's Yard theatre and numerous galleries supported by a growing number of café-restaurants. On a hot day, the spaces outside Crate Brewery and, south of the Hertford Union canal, the Counter Café are rarely underused. But we're taken with the 2014 newcomer Number 90, which is a higgledy-piggledy mix of gig space, bar and restaurant – with a cracking Lea-side terrace, where you can even lounge in a moored narrowboat, at least until that afternoon's alt-folk combo appears to perform from it.

The food options include changing pop-ups (including a concession outside), but one wall is permanently occupied by a decent bar (we murdered a thyme-infused gin, grapefruit, mint and cider syrup cocktail) and Brazilian kitchen, serving the likes of farofa-crusted chicken heart skewers from the grill, or a brisket burger with bone marrow and chips. The food is competent rather than thrilling, but from an oversized deck chair outside you might wonder if there's a better spot in east London.

Venue name: Number 90
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Address: 90
Main Yard
Wallis Road
London
E9 5LN
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Lise M
tastemaker

Last month, I visited Hackney Wick area for the first time and I absolutely loved it. One of the place, I've recently discovered is the 90 Bar and Kitchen. I had tickets for a 'Tropical Day & Night Canal-Side Summer Party' they were organizing that day. But I was not impressed as they seemed not ready for the event. It was empty, poorly decorated and the kitchen was not working. Thankfully the weather was good and we had drinks on the canal-side but had to leave to get some food elsewhere and go back. The service at the bar was quite slow and not very friendly. But I'm not giving up on this place yet as some of my friends told me it was a nice place to chill out and enjoy a Sunday Roast. So I might go back for a 2nd visit later this Summer.




rpate
Tastemaker

Opening its doors to the trendy set of Hackney Wick in 2014, Number 90 is a canal-side bar and kitchen on the fringes of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The décor is ramshackle, industrial and quirky- basically it’s an East London archetype- and the spacious interior (think converted warehouse floor) permits the venue to host an extensive range of goings-on: their events calendar is filled with everything from bingo nights to wild late-night DJ sets. The versatility of Number 90 is its major appeal and it’s already established as a hub of activity amongst the locals. It also offers an extensive and eclectic cocktail menu and delivers an all-day food menu featuring local produce.


On Sundays, Number 90 exclusively serves roasts, offering the full gamut: lamb, beef, chicken, pork and a nut roast. Children eat for free and the prices are reasonable at £13 a plate (or £10.50 for the vegetarians). Reservations are recommended, but we had no problem being seated when we showed up without one. The atmosphere is casual yet buzzy- there was a cross-section of people, including families, large comradely groups and whispering couples, all enjoying the peaceful view of the canal boats slinking by.


Bar staff tend to be slightly aloof while not entirely unfriendly. We always have to make it pointedly obvious that we want to order drinks and are never asked. The range of beer available- especially given the proximity to so many microbreweries- is slightly lacklustre.


On our first meal experience at Number 90, we had extremely pleasant servers once seated. It gets busy on Sundays and once your roast order is taken, it can be challenging to flag down the servers for additional drinks or the bill. We were pressed to order as soon as we were seated and given the option to pay in advance- we were thankfully not in a rush, but this tacitly acknowledged how overstretched the servers can be. During our meal, we were kept waiting on a pint and when it finally arrived, it was the wrong beer.


On the upside, the roasts do come out of the kitchen promptly- we ordered lamb and chicken and the sizes were portioned, but not inadequate. The lamb rump arrived in slices, encrusted in a blend of spices and seasoning, well-cooked and complemented with a generous splodge of mint sauce. The lemon chicken was also well-seasoned and moist throughout; however, it was a stingy quarter- just a leg- and there was little tender breast meat on the bone, which was a slight disappointment. Both roasts were accompanied by a jug of gravy, roast potatoes, a medley of vibrant vegetables, including broccoli, baby carrots and- curiously- roast beetroot. A smallish Yorkshire pudding was perched on the plate, which lacked the imperfect lumpiness of a homemade yorkie that I expect from less gastronomically ambitious kitchens.


On the whole, the trimmings on the plate were decent, the gravy arrived in a good portion and we polished everything off happily. The value of the roast is standard- I was expecting something slightly stodgier, rustic and saturated in gravy, but they were much more refined. The real value of the Sunday lunch lies in the venue itself, which is idyllically located and unexpectedly relaxed and inviting. There is also an outdoor seated area overlooking the canal, which will offer a superb grazing spot in the summer months.


For a decent roast in breezy surroundings, Number 90 is a good bet. Given its busy events calendar, you’ll also find something for everyone (if roasts aren’t your thing). 

Chelsey C
Tastemaker

A multi function venue; Bar 90 is an ideal place for dinner in an industrial setting and bottomless brunches but they also host a pretty good party. Many labels have residencies and events, the main one being Half Baked. The staff are super friendly and serve up some amazing cocktails.

This place also looks over Regents' Canal which can be enjoyed all year round as during the winter months they have the outside deck fully under cover and heated.

Elisa R
Tastemaker

Just fantastic! I stopped there after a long walk from Stoke Newington along the canal as a reward for all my hard physical exercise. I wasn't disappointed: awesome cocktails (unexpectedly really expensive though!), mulled stuff, tasty desserts, lova lova music (I don't know what else to call it, it was ROMANTIC), terrace over looking the canal, hot tubs, friendly staff. What else could you ask for? Recommend: a short 10 mins walk to Victoria Park afterwards.

LoveLondon
Tastemaker

I love this place! During the day you can get a nice cup of cappuccino, in the evenings a decent meal and at night it's one of the coolest places to hang out in Hackney Wick. They also host the bi-weekly Half Baked parties that last into early hours. Good place to host birthday parties with large groups. A bit of travel from the rest of London, but worth your trip!

Search 4

one of the trendiest places in East London where you can chill, eat, drink and party with your mates.

B S

Mouth Watering Food, Awesome Views, Banging Party's, Always Cool People, Much Love from Turkey! Peace :)x

Alanna S
Tastemaker

Good vibes, good music and a good selection of beers. Perfect for a few casual drinks down by the canal at the weekend or early evening but things get a bit more upbeat as the night rolls on. Service at the bar can be slow though.

Antonia H

Such great nights at this fun, vibrant venue! Always interesting nights and events! love hackney wick!

jay h

everything in one workshops , cinema nights , restaurant , live bands, djs .... you name it ! this place is the BOMB !

Theresa C

Best atmosphere, Great food, Best staff and the perfect place to go and chill with friends

Jordi F

Great venue, with superb staff, cool music and nicest vibe in East London. Definitely recommended!

Daniele I

Simply unic! By the canal, good food, good atmospher, good people, always good music and events, good times, staff is lovely, good drinks, real smiles and as a man, amazing girls! The place to go!

Robert D

Love this place.. Great vibe, amazing venue.. Lush food!! I'm visiting again for SURE :)

Stacy m

Great mixture of Good food, delightful drinks, vibrant music and wicked art all of that on the canal side!!!! AWESOME PLACE !

Caroline m

best and most unpretentious place in Hackney wick to chill. Plus only place with regular music/bingo/comedy nights. The guys running it built everything themselves over the course of a year.

bob d

Best venue to play, amazing staff, amazing crowd, amazing food and amazing environment. Feels just like home.

Marcela B

I've been to n90 few times and what I love of this place is the variety of art, music & food in one place .

Kev J

Number 90 is Hackneys hidden gem. A multi-talented restaurant, bar, events space and music venue the whole year round. An amazing, friendly team of staff who always make you feel welcome, great food, lovely cocktails and quite often, some
Of the best DJ's/musical talents in the world. All this set against the backdrop of the Olympic park......absolutely love this place. :)

Denis C

This space has everything what east London needs ! I go there very often for exhibitions and bingo night . 

Anaelle
Tastemaker

Giant mural at the front? Yes, you’re in Hackney and the best of it if you ask me.


This space is huge – loads of seats and areas to stand, so you and your friends can chat away all night. The terrace overlooks Queen Olympic Park and the river Lea which gives a calm, smooth vibe to the place. Menu is a bit small but food is great with burgers cooked to perfection. As for the drinks, try the cocktails. With unusual ingredients such as rosemary, jellybeans and guava juice, they’re full of surprising flavours.


And… (wait for it)… they have hot tubs. Yes, you read that correctly. For £20 to £25 per couple of hours, you can soak in the warm water, while drinking cocktails and looking at the barges passing by on the river. What more do you want?


This place is the bomb! Get yourself there.

mcuttle
Tastemaker

Tucked away by a canal in an industrial estate in Hackney, this venue is definitely not somewhere you stumble across, rather make a decision to go to. With a newly decorated facade painted by graffiti artists, the place has an indoor area with DJs, food and cocktails, as well as an outdoor balcony area where smokers can indulge and chat. Everyone gets ushered inside at around 10pm due to noise affecting residents and the place closed at 11.30pm when previously I'd been there, it was open past midnight. Also, watch out for the smoke generated by the hot tub popup that's appeared next door. Those wood burners can gas you out if the wind is blowing the wrong way.