From the team behind nearby bar and dim sum parlour The Drunken Monkey, a destination bar-restaurant featuring Japanese whiskies and rôtisserie chicken.
'Bull in a China Shop’ – a strange name for a bar, with its connotations of crashing-around clumsiness. And when you read their website, it does little to alleviate fears: ‘Our menu boasts eggs benedict, superfood salads, charcoal bun sandwiches, and Asian-spiced whisky glazed rotisserie chicken. Our bar serves an extensive selection of over 30 rare and premium whiskies, hailing from Japan and Scotland.’ Yet despite such a smash and grab of influences, Bull works.
The spirits selection makes it a proper whisky destination – it has more Japanese whiskies than anywhere I’ve seen in London, from the cool Nikka From the Barrel to rare Karuizawa bottlings. There are some brilliant Scotches too, and a list of inventive whisky cocktails (a Wabi/Sabi at £12 was made with Hakushu single malt, vermouth, green tea syrup and black walnut bitters).
The Bull’s menu, with its breakfast-to-late-night diversity, has a lot of good stuff on it. The rotisserie chicken is brined with ginger, marinated in yogurt and grilled with that whisky glaze – it’s great, although served in an annoying mess-style enamel bowl that makes it hard to cut. Most humans – civilians, at least – prefer to eat off plates. Remember that, restaurateurs.
No bull: this Bull is a great place and a destination for whisky fans. All breakages, however, must be paid for.
|Venue name:||Bull in a China Shop|
196 Shoreditch High Street
|Opening hours:||Open Mon-Fri 8am-midnight; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-11pm.|
|Transport:||Shoreditch High Street Overground.|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:15
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:1
"I have been before a few times and love it however this time we only got four cocktails and the bar tender just kept trying to give us shots which we didn't want. There was a huge party on the table next to us who seemed to take up the bartenders attention so we were quite disappointed in the service this time.
One of the best Whiskey collections in London. Great food, welcoming atmosphere & you never know who you're going to bump into off Tele
A beautifully curated whisky selection with some of the globes finest and rarest available to taste.
The food menu and whisky pairings are delicious and the service is always friendly.
Best place in shoreditch real people and amazing whisky, to wash down some of the best food in town, don't walk past walk in you will not be disappointed
I love Whiskey and was treated to some very fine ones that I hadn't tried before. My goodness what a treat !! Love it Gx
Went for a day in Shoreditch and ended up just staying in Bull in a China Shop. The whisky marinated chicken was lovely, the whisky selection is brilliant and the staff were really good fun. They showed us how they made some of their cocktails and gave bit of history behind the Japanese whisky. A cracking little place that you should definitely check out.
Bloody delicious. Went with a friend pre-event (so we were in really early around 4ish). I recommend the whisky cocktails. We had three a piece and were very happy! Had cauliflower fritters to start which were so delicious we ordered a second lot. I had the marinated chicken and a sort of superfood salad. If only all salads were that delicious my waistline would not be so expanded. My dining companion had the burger and made very happy noises. For dessert we shared a crumble (which came with a cute cow jug full of custard. Yum. You know how you mean to try new things everytime you go back to a restaurant? I could eat that meal all day, every day. Nom.
Friendly staff and they made an effort to find us a table but that's about it. I got served the smallest burger I have ever seen. It was essentially a small black bun with a VERY little slice of crab, all for £10! and tasted entirely of vinegar, and then a portion of fries for an extra ££. I then tried a whisky which they advised for me but for £7 all my friends thought it was horrible and tasted exactly like JD. Wouldn't recommend. They really just want your money.
My partner and I went once to the Bull a month ago and I can honestly say that this was the most unfriendly and arrogant and tense staff I've ever encountered in an already tense atmosphere. Drinks were good at least.
"Bull in a China Shop’ – a strange name for a bar"
That, Euan, is because it is not a bar, it is a restaurant.
A straight up restaurant, not a bar, not a bar-restaurant. Just trekked over there only to be turned away because they don't serve drinks without a meal. Nice one Euan, thanks for that.
So all I have to go on for a review is the surly disinterested way the staff spoke to me.
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