Trip Kitchen & Bar
Trip Kitchen & Bar
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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Oct 8 2013
Exposed brickwork? Check. Industrial fittings? Check. Hipster clientele? Check. There’s been a spate of under-the-arches eateries popping up in Haggerston lately (smart café Beagle, Swedish bakery Fabrique…) and all of them are unashamedly East End trendy. The latest – Trip Kitchen – is no exception.
It’s part of a cultural complex spanning two arches – one arch hosts anything from yoga classes to storytelling evenings while the other is reserved for refreshments. In residence in the kitchen until September 2014 is Selim Kaizim, former head chef of Peter Gordon’s Covent Garden restaurant Kopapa. Drawing on her Turkish-Cypriot roots, Kaizim’s style is not as wacky as that of her erstwhile boss, but the odd innovative flourish does appear on the menu of small plates.
A pot of rich medjool date butter made an indulgent spread for Turkish bread, and fried potato chunks with herb mayo and chilli salt was perfect comfort food. But the fish in a deep-fried selection (including mackerel and gurnard) were so tiddly they looked like they should have been thrown back – and they were overcooked. The sweet, sour and savoury notes in a pomegranate syrup-glazed lamb dish were well balanced, but here too the meat was dry. Service, though very friendly, was a little ditzy.
The menu may be a mixed bag, but Trip’s still a nice place to hang out for a meal, or just a drink. Prices aren’t bank-breaking, and the brunch menu looks lovely too.
Reviewed by Celia Plender
Trip Kitchen & Bar 339-340 Acton Mews
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- Opening hours:
Bar Open 8.30am-11pm Mon-Fri; 9am-11pm Sat; 9am-9pm Sun Restaurant Breakfast served 8.30am-11.30am, lunch served noon-3.30pm Tue-Fri. Dinner served 5-10pm Tue-Sat. Brunch served 10am-3pm Sat, Sun
Rail: Haggerston Overground
Small plates £3-£8.50
Trip Kitchen & Bar
- 339-340 Acton Mews
- 339-340 Acton Mews
- Trip Kitchen & Bar
Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
- 5 star:9
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
i am a fan of Selins food. i have tasted all her dishes and am a big fan off all the overall quality, of course there are some hiccups however having tasted every dish overall its a cut above other any other establishments in the area + for a very reasonable price in comparision to the quality. This food is not about volume, its is rich and delicate. that is Selins speciality. One must not compare Selins food to a turkish restaurant. i am a big fan of all things turkish and Selins food is a modern take on all things turkish, cypriot and greek even peruvian. i would also say i have never found a chef who can actually cook eggs as god as Selin. Come to the kitchen and expect to share dishes - order a few dishes. Yes - its 25-30 a head inc wine - yet you will be very satisfied. For the evening - The wine (mainly french and spanish) is excellently and matched to the rich tastes. The Venue is also one of the most serene and modern and breathable spaces at present - you can hang out with kids, walk about or even stretch in the corner without bothering anyone.
The food is of great quality: glorious courgette fritters, great pomegranate lamb, delicious kofte. Everything was very fresh, flavoursome and well judged. But the portion are seriously tiny... How are you supposed to share such small plates if you are more than 2 people? We ended up having one bite of each plate. In some instance that was £2 each for a rather frustrating bite of food. There are some great, authentic Turkish restaurants around Dalston that serve more generous, if less refined, food than this. If you are a couple and don't mind spending quite a bit of money on your dinner, then by all means go, because the food is actually great. But I wouldn't really recommend it for larger groups.
I have been here with a group of friends, we agreed to share a full selection of dishes paying £18 without drinks (per person). The place is quite hidden in a small street, and for sure with this dinner they didn't make a great advertising among us. They run out of draught beer as soon as we arrived (7.30) and ordered the first drinks, and then they also run out of white wine afterward. The sharing experience was horrible: they brought one small dish to divide among 5 people for each of the sharing platters.. really too small to eat enough to taste the food!! The service was super slow, one dish every 15-20 mins. It was very embarrassing to split the small portions of food among all the people, and we all ended up eating very little. Everybody left the restaurant still hungry. The major shame was the final price of the dinner, £36.18 per person: we didn't expect any big discount, but a little discount of 0.18 would have been appreciated considering the fact that people were complaining about food quantity and that the total bill was £800. Apparently customer care and customer retention is not their priority. Service was nothing special and I can't say if the food was good because it was not enough to judge.. and in some dishes not even enough to taste it. If you want to waste your money and you DON'T like to eat, this is the place for you.
I couldn't agree more with the other reviewers - Trip is a great place to hang out. I've now been to Trip twice and was delighted both times with my meal. The Pastirma with broken eggs is amazing. My wife had a daily special with which she was also delighted. We had the cava, which was superb and the coffees were great as well. Sounds like I'll need to try the Menemen on my next trip!
This is fast becoming my favourite place for weekend brunch. Friendly atmosphere, good service and great food (especially the Menemen and fried potatoes), spot on for hanging out with your friends and family.
Went to Trip a few weeks back for Sunday brunch, and what a great little find. I know the review said it was very hipster, but I found it was filled with a real good mix of people. Families, couples, friends. Which I really liked. The food was amazing. My breakfast platter really hit the spot. But what really stole the show was the lemon drizzle cake. I had two portions! Service was friendly without being intrusive. Very well priced for East London. I'm going back this week. Would def recommend!
I've been to have Trip Kitchen for Selins food three times in the week that it has been opened which speaks for itself! The food is absolutely incredible and combined with the great space it works fantastically. I have definitely found my new hangout!
Went to Trip Space last week with a group and we had almost every thing on the menu. Perfectly sized portions for sharing. The flavours were gorgeous, every dish unique and so delicious. I highly recommend. Hats off to the chef!
Went with a group of friends last Saturday for dinner - we worked our way through the whole menu. Smiles all round the table so hats off to the chef, were already planning our next visit!
I went here last Sunday and enjoyed the Pastirma and broken eggs, the food served up here is unbelievable, I would recommend it to everyone! Just pop in for a snack and enjoy the venue but I ensure you that once you start eating you'll want to try the whole menu. (I also had a nibble of the Grilled hellim & walnut honey butter toasted sandwich, which is the best toastie I've ever had.. Yum) I'll be back there soon..