Housed in a former art gallery (which before that was commercial premises) on the corner of Mare Street and Vyner Street, Ombra aims to bring the easygoing atmosphere and casual food/drink mix of a Venetian bacaro to Bethnal Green. (It is next to the Regent's Canal, which is a start.)
On our visit we weren't hugely impressed by the simple dishes, which included grilled mackerel with polenta, sliced sausage and pasta with tomato sauce. We also found the hard wooden seating a triumph of style over comfort and were sat too close to a guitarist to make conversation easy.
But the range of Italian wines is good, and it's also possible to pop in for an Aperol spritzer (an Italian aperitif mixed with white wine and soda water).
Gallery-goers from Vyner Street will no doubt find it a useful place to socialise after a private view, but we can't recommend it on the strength of its food alone.