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Hopscotch (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Contemporary Global Brick Lane
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)

Time Out says

Please note, Hopscotch has now closed. Time Out Food editors, July 2019.

Funk music was playing in this stylishly decorated, cosily lit Brick Lane establishment when we visited. It was quite loud, at first to the point of being overbearing. But it swiftly became apparent that funk was the perfect choice of music for Hopscotch; everything this place does is delivered with that same mixture of swagger and effortless cool.

Food comes as small plates, the flavours chiefly Middle Eastern and East Asian-inspired. Everything is loosely arranged into starters and mains on the menu, but really, you’re better off ordering three or four things per person, and getting the staff to bring them out as and when they’re ready. This isn’t a place for formalities. Everything we tried held playful, nuanced, hugely moreish flavours, whether the creamy dressing on a kohlrabi salad or the quiet blast of heat in a side of pickled veg. Beef short ribs were absurdly good, falling apart in an umami-rich sauce; the closest thing to a misfire was a slightly mulchy smoked goat flatbread.

Just as deserving of praise is the cocktail menu, which we ended up sampling in quite some quantity in the ‘drinking den’ bar room after our meal. Standouts were a Brick Lane Swizzle – a tangy hit of dark rum, lime and banana syrup – and the Hello Kyoto, a slightly fiendish concoction of Japanese plum wine, whisky and egg white. At £9, they’re hardly extortionate. But, with the most expensive food dish at £11, nothing here is. You get the sense that Hopscotch knows exactly what it’s got to offer: a fun, laidback, ever-so-slightly sexy dinner spot for those on their way to a night out in Shoreditch or Spitalfields. And being so confident of itself, it never tries too hard. That’s the philosophy of funk, right there.

By: Matt Breen

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Address: 202 Brick Lane
London
E1 6SA
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Users say (8)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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Had great time there! The place looks gorgeous, has very friendly stuff and great atmosphere. Food was great and music too!

tastemaker

The nice surprise of the Brick Lane! Hopscotch opened a few months ago, or maybe was it here before and I never realised? 


The basement bar happened to be there for quite a long time. You should give it a try by the way; the cocktails are lovely.

But what I wanted to talk about was the restaurant! 


Hopscotch is presenting itself as a kind of tapas bar. You come here to enjoy some cocktails or a good bottle of wine you can pair with some small plates. We are far here from the traditional nibbles you can find in a cocktail bar. 


Everything is refined and elaborate. We tried everything, except the poussin. I can’t even tell my preference. The burrata was excellent, the beef divine, the mackerel delicious and so on and so on!



No doubt you will spend a really good time in this East London venue located top of the Brick Lane.

It is perfect for a date night and really nice for a dinner with your girl friends.
tastemaker

Wow. What a place. Cocktails are beautiful, food is exquisite, the decor is cool and there's a downstairs bar. The staff are super friendly and we felt very relaxed from the moment we arrived. My friend and I ordered beef, goat, burrata (making my mouth water now) and chicken dishes. Each was superb, delicately seasoned and just the right balance of textures and flavour. I couldn't recommend this place more and will definitely be returning soon.

tastemaker

Discover this place for yourself before the word is out. So cool, so sexy, I almost don't want to share it.


Confident menu - everything was fresh, well cooked and delicious and not a single thing is priced above £11.


Great to share with friends and amazing place to sit down, have cocktails and order little plates after another and just sit and chat...


This is one of those places that make you forget your mobile phone.


The music... the vibe... the food all four letter words but oh my what wonderful four letter words they make


Such a lovely hidden gem on Brick Lane, the goat flatbread was possibly the best thing I have eaten!


A total gem! Food is great and the atmosphere upstairs is so cosy. A really different and welcome addition to Brick Lane. 


Really loved it.  Cute room, lovely staff, amazing food and a sexy bar downstairs.  Can't wait to go back

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