Given that Open Kitchen is the restaurant where students from the London City Hospitality Centre (part of Hackney Community College) practise their skills on paying punters, you’d be forgiven for allowing it a bit of leeway with standards.
However, our recent meal here was very good, and the prices are irresistable – starters £3.50, mains £6, desserts £3. We enjoyed crisp fishcakes with a chilli-laced chutney-style dip and then roast beef with trimmings.
Service was personable and willing, there’s a good wine list and the space itself, which benefited from a recent refurbishment, is bright, airy and contemporary.
Opening hours are limited and staffing levels do vary, so make sure you book ahead. One place we’re happy to be called guinea pigs.