Light-filled by day, softly lit at night, the simply decorated Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room is so much more than a gallery eaterie, yet keeps prices very reasonable. A seasonal menu (overseen by Angela Hartnett) allows for flexible eating, with nibbles (try the very moreish whipped goat’s curd and roasted garlic croûtes), small plates (though a tasty tangle of chargrilled courgette ribbons with gremolata and toasted hazelnuts was a decent-sized bowlful) and bigger plates all being served. Of the heftier dishes, salt beef hash was superb – immaculately presented, and rescued from being too dry by the runny yolk of a fried duck egg topping. Cornish silver mullet came with a very buttery herb sauce, and beer-battered cod with chips, tartare sauce and pea purée is always a good rendition, though slightly mean with the purée. Truffle chips and bread with classy olive oil are extras worth ordering. Anywhere that serves ice-cream by the scoop gets our vote, but there are crowd-pleasing desserts such as eton mess too. A short global wine list offers most options by the glass. Jovial, attentive staff are the icing on the cake.
|Venue name:||Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room||Contact:|
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Tue-Sat; noon-3.45pm Sun. Dinner served 6-9.30pm Wed-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Aldgate East tube|
|Price:||Main courses £10.50-£15.95|
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