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Brooksby's Walk (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Contemporary European Homerton
5 out of 5 stars
(19user reviews)

Time Out says

A Homerton bar and restaurant.

Please note, Brooksby's Walk has now closed. Time Out Food editors, May 2018.

A wildly popular dining room above a Jack the Ripper pub in Shoreditch: how do you top that? By taking over the roof of a public toilet in Homerton, silly. Giorgio Ravelli and Jarrod Cooke, of Ten Bells fame, have moved into the former site of The Convenience for their new two-storey venture, Brooksby’s Walk. While latrines in the interior give the restaurant its quirk-factor, there’s nothing gimmicky about the first-floor roof terrace: it feels Continental on balmy nights, even if the view is of a busy Hackney road.

As at any public lav, you can expect a queue at Brooksby’s Walk. The restaurant has already whipped up quite the local frenzy, and on our first visit we had to make do with a table indoors until one became available on the roof. Second time round, we booked.

Food and drink continues that European vibe, with the wine list plucking affordable finds from the Loire and Piedmont. Dishes are intended for sharing – although these stunning plates are almost too good to share. Deep-fried squid (£8.50) came with vibrant heritage tomatoes and sumac seasoning. Grilled nectarines were dusted in gouda shavings (£5). Perfectly pan-fried plaice (£12) was served on a bed of ‘aubergine caviar’ (more like a veggie salsa, really) and caper agrodolce – a mushy-pea-coloured blob of sweet-sour sauce on the side. Medallions of pork-neck rib-eye with fennel (£13) came swimming in smoked-ham-hock butter – even though it’s delicious, you’ll need to order some bread on the side to see this dish through to the end – but these tender chunks of meat were enlivened by aniseed-rich braised veg. 

Our only other quibble is that an extraordinary dessert of ricotta-filled beignets with strawberries and cream (£6.50) was light on the miniature melt-in-the-mouth pastries, with only three morsels to split between two of us. We’d suggest flying solo for your final course or ordering interesting cheeses for the table instead. 

Brooksby’s Walk is a temporary restaurant with no set closing date. Don’t get caught short – book a terrace table and spend a penny or two. 

Brooksby's Walk says
Brooksby's Walk is Hackney's most exciting restaurant and cocktail bar. Set up in a converted 1930s toilet by Jim McMahon (previously from The Hawksmoor), the building provides a great backdrop to hearty food, bespoke cocktails and an awesome wine list. Enclosed roof terrace for private parties!

By: Laura Richards



Address: 77 Brooksby's Walk
E9 6DA
Transport: Homerton rail
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Formerly 'The Convenience' this above ground ex-public toilet is one of the most curious and appealing conversions of use I have seen. I previously went to a gig here downstairs but have had a few drinks at Brooksby's which was very pleasant upstairs in the sun and by all accounts the foods great too. An interesting feature downstairs is that there's a small stage which is backed by the original urinals, which has been done in such a way that it's not immediately apparent unless you've been told. Check it out!


SARAP Supper Club at Brookby’s Walk

Sarap Supper Club is headed by the new head chef at Brookby’s Walk, Budgie Montoya and brings a modern twist on Filipino cuisine.

What we had:

  • Palawan Punch Cocktail: Rum, Prosecco, Coconut water, mint, calamansi juice, tamarind and pandas syrup
  • Chicharrons: pork scratchings
  • Sea Bass Kinilaw Tacos: Sea bass marinated in cane vinegar with ginger, onion, black pepper and chilli, served in a soft ube (purple yam) tortilla.
  • Adobo Baby Back Pork Ribs: Pork ribs slow cooked in a marinated of soy sauce, cane vinegar, garlic and bay leaves served with spicy acara pickles
  • Pork Sisig Scotch Quail Egg: pork offal chopped and cooked with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, calansi lime and mayonnaise, wrapped around a soft boiled quail’s egg crumbed with a chicharron and bread crumbs
  • Sarap Fried Chicken with banana ketchup, garlic and chilli
  • Banana Turon Mille Feuille with caramelised banana, salted caramel creme patisserie and layers of lumpia pastry

The star of the show is definitely the scotch quail egg - the egg yolk is perfectly runny and its moreish and hearty. A few of my fellow diners favourite was also the fried chicken which was crispy and flavoursome. The sea bass was like a ceviche which had a great light and tangy flavour to cut through the other heavier dishes; and those pork ribs definitely fell off the bone. The Banana Turon Mille Feullie was delicious, it was sweet without being heavy and the crunchy lumpia pastry gave it great texture. This food is real ‘get in and eat with your hands’, type of food and there’s something really homey and comforting about sharing great food with great company. If you haven’t tried much Filipino food before, this is a great introduction to all the flavours, spices and colours.

Tip: they have a great terrace which is opened up in warmer weather; Sarap is a ticketed event, so you will need to contact the venue for details. Be sure to check out Brookby's Walk's weekly menu which has a focus on Asian flavours and fresh, seasonal produce.

Good For: small groups, casual dinner and drinks, something different, date night.

Amazing vibe, the food and cocktails are beyond words, and the service tops off a perfect wee spot!! Highly recommend ! 

The restaurant has the most amazing food. The cocktails are incredible and so is the local beer. The quirky fit-out also creates a very cool vibe. I love this place !!

Such a gem! Amazing food, drinks and staff are super friendly and attentive. The area upstairs is very cosy in the winter and lovely and airy in summer. Perfect!

This venue is awesome, it offers it all at anytime of the day or night. Great food,cocktails, top service & a relaxed vibe. The roof garden is a lovely space. 👍

Such a quirky spot but with the best cocktails and staff are so friendly. Perfect local hangout with a difference!

From the top you can gently sip your drink and people watch the Homerton crowd!

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