Please note, Ink is now closed. Time Out Eating & Drinking editors, Oct 2016.
Obscure locations are all the rage when it comes to Nordic cuisine. One of the top restaurants in Sweden – Fäviken – is so remote that an overnight stay is a near-obligatory part of the experience.
A trip to Mile End might not sound like nearly such an undertaking, but as we meandered from the tube, through a park, along the canal and on to a residential street filled with building work, it didn’t seem like the kind of place you’d expect to find London’s latest modernist restaurant either.
The location’s not the only unusual thing about Ink. Chef Martyn Meid might be dealing in smears, foams and powders, but this Lithuanian chef’s food is cheaper than London’s other modernist menus, with mains costing a reasonable £8.50-£16.
Nominally inspired by Scandinavian cooking, Meid creates artistically presented dishes with nods to seasonality. A sculptural starter of seared scallops served on a subtle peach purée, then scattered with petal-shaped charred baby onion layers, specks of crushed crackling and purple pansies was the belle of the ball with impressive textures and flavours to match its beauty.
A main of salt cod with ‘tomato textures’ was also easy on the eye, but less exciting to eat, with surprisingly little salt left in the cod or in the accompanying potatoes. A more rustic dish of savoury braised lamb with savoy cabbage made for warming winter fodder.
Ink maybe isn’t the kind of place you’d brave mountains and forests for, but if you can manage to negotiate a park and a canal, it’s well worth it.
44 Palmers Road
|Opening hours:||Open 6-10.30pm Tue-Thur; noon-10.30pm Fri-Sat; noon-9pm Sun|
|Transport:||Mile End tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80.|
|Do you own this business?|
You may be interested in:
Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
- 5 star:25
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:1
We read time out, everybody's talking about INK.
Plus my friends from bbc recommended to come and try.
We was really surprised, portion it's not big, it's different .Food combination it's excellent. You need to ordered 3 courses it's briliant.
It's really tasty, modern and something new!
Service it's great, drinks menu fabulous. They have nice cocktails. This place it's not if you looking for masive cheep portion it's elegant and modern.
If you looking for masive food wrong place!!
We left really happy! And we will be back!
Best place in East London to have a dinner!
Massively good! Rally fresh, really good.
Good price! Me and my friend visited this restaurant second time.
And still amazing service, friendly good attitude.
Best place in east London to have a dinner!
Me and my friend last Saturday visited a ink restaurant, we ordered asparagus - chicken liver pate, and as a mains salted cod and lamb with cabbage! As a desserts we took cheese cake. All things was brilliant, salted cod was the best witch I try in my life, something awesome, so nicely presented! We will come back soon! It's one of the best place to came and have good evening.
Fantastic evening at INK last Saturday eve. Food is just excellent. We had the asparagus as a starter and chicken liver pate as manes we had brazed lamb and glazed pork belly with bunt onion textures was Fabulous. The service is perfect good distance, not to "much". The attention to detail so impressive. Yet it's friendly and informal. Beautiful setting, very minimalistic atmosphere! just loved!
I am so pleased that this restaurant has opened in my neighbourhood because the food is fantastic. They only serve what is in season and do really wonderful things with these ingredients. It was a Sunday and I treated myself to braised lamb that was served with the best cabbage I have ever tasted. I was not going to have a dessert but rhubarb with soft meringue caught my eye and I could not resist. I look forward to taking my friends here for a relaxed meal that I am sure will impress them. I understand that they intend to grow some of their own vegetables in the future and cannot wait to see that develop.
Food which not only tastes amazing but creatively presented. Flavours cleverly put together and the portions just right. Pretty location overlooking the canal. Staff super friendly and helpful with a vast knowledge of wines to compliment the dishes ordered. Will be returning to try the rest of the menu.
Randomly came across this place through an Instagram 'like'.
Thought I'd check out reviews first and I have to say it's always difficult for myself to rely on reviews as some people can be unnecessarily negative or overly positive.
Regardless I went ahead and booked a table, visiting last week.
I have to agree if you're not familiar with the area like myself it is a bit of a tricky one to find- but I used my common sense and my phone (Google maps), the staff were more than helpful in giving directions over the phone too.
Greeted at the entrance by the lovely Jason who I have to say is amazing!
He knows what he's talking about, describing each dish beautifully and the guy knows how to crack a joke or two.
I decided to go for the scallops with peach for my starter and for the main 148h salted cod which was beautiful, the taste and presentation!
As previous people have stated the portions are not massive- it's not a buffet style canteen, it's a contemporary place with Nordic food with a twist, I think people should definitely be more open to trying the more contemporary/ minimalist style of food out; it's beautiful to look at and it's about savouring flavours and generally having a unique dining experience.
To finish off for dessert we had the cheesecake, my god- which we were told had smoked cheese wrapped in summer berry 'gél' with fresh berries and a yummy crumble, and the most gorgeous elderflower parfait along with it.
All in all, staff so helpful yet chilled - no pressure to rush with our meal, drinks were flowing, atmosphere and music hit the spot along with the delicious food and the view of the canal from the terrace was perfect!
Would definitely return perhaps for my birthday celebrations!
Thank you to the team at Ink for such a lovely evening!
I have now visited this restaurant twice - On both occasions I have had exceptional service, beautifully present and delicious food and there has been a great atmosphere. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to try something new and exciting, for a fraction of the price that you would usually pay for anything of this standard in central. The cocktails are also great and there is a huge terrace which will be great in summer!
We had last night meal at ink restaurant.
Scallops nicely done with burnt onion and peach! Asparagus with crunchy egg brilliant!
Duck breast with corns and cherries amazing.
Pork belly sticky and soft excellent
Dessert smoked yogurt and berries, amazing combination!
Chocolate soil with gel stunning!
Ink it's nice and modern!
Different then any one around! We so happy to have good place to come and enjoy our evening!
We try to get a table at INK restaurant on fridays night. we call and we try to book the table. They told "sorry sir we fully booked restaurant tonight and tomorrow", and they can't help.
So we try to check if its true.
We was on the doors 8 pm. and restaurant was full. Restaurant manager inform us they cant take any walkings, so we need to back on Sunday "Special Ink".
Ink its really minimalistic place, clean and intelligent, with good service and nice ambiance.
On the menu was 4 Starters and 4 Mains.
We had Scallops with peach and burnt onion pure, Asparagus with salted duck egg yolk and walnuts.
presentation was perfect taste even better.As a mains we took belly pork and salted cod,
pork was cooked perfect, moist and juicy. Buttery potato pure and apple gel was good as my mums.
Salted cod i cant tell nothing about this.STUNNING! one word.Best ever salted cod i had try, or i try so many in so many different restaurants.
Fish was cooked perfectly, smoked tomatoes and tomato relish was brilliant.
Desserts we had pear Cheese with flowers and leaves.
Brilliant place to have a dinner.
we will be back.
Food amazing and service absolutely first class. Went with my girlfriend for her birthday and we were both blown away by the food,service and surroundings, we tried the alecarte menu which we thought was superb and food good value! Loved!
Best Sunday roast dinner. Me and my girlfriend had 3 course meal. Scallops with peach, crispy belly pork, and lemon cheese. Scallops was cooked wery we'll presented with peach pure, with is really fresh. Belly pork with apple textures, I'm not big fan of pig but this dish was great. Lemon cheese was fresh and light.
As a canapé we got glass of proseco.
Lovely place, to have a good evening in betnal green.
Lovely place with the best lamb I have ever tried. Also we have tried pork belly with a burnt onions on top and were surprised with a wonderful taste. Portions are perfect sized, not to big not too small, three course meal feels like a perfect treat for you.
The location is really easy to find, the restaurant is facing water canal which makes the place very romantic on the evening time. Also they are offering free secured parking which is very convenient for those who are driving.
Really loved this place and definitely coming back again.
We went there for dinner . We had the alecarte menu which was fantastic and service was very good as well . They had scallops and asparagus as a starters, mains we took salted cod and pork belly which was fantastic . Great wine list and very friendly staff . We definitely go back .
Good portion but very light .
Nice to have a great restaurant in Bethnal green !
East London revolution!
Finally we decided to try Marty's Nordic cooing, so we came from west London to East. Was quit long trip. :)
Restaurant so minimalistic and pure with good ambiance and brilliant service, excellent hosting. Let's back on food we had as a starter gravlax and chicken liver orange. Best chicken liver pâté , excellent just excellent. Nicely done soft and creamy. Gravlax was out of the space. Salmon was lightly smoked, fresh raw cucumber with carrots was lightly pickled.wow. Fresh Rey bread and INK signature aioli. I can feel this taste until today.
As a mains we had Salted Cod and lamb with butter cabbage. Salted cod was taken biggest part. Just amazing fish was melting, smoked tomatoes, creamy tomato purre, and fresh tomato "salsa" 5/5.
Lamb was one of the best witch I tasted in my life. Soft soft soft! Just soft perfect cooked, cabbage nicely roasted on butter with oyster ju. Time for desserts Lemmon cheese cake with honey and pier dressing,frozen berries, raspberry gell, and egg snow. Amazing.
Chocolate textures with espresso martini caviars???? You need to try this orgasm!
Guys thank you so much for experience!! We which you the best!
I expect portions to be dainty in a fine dining establishment but portions here were miniscule. My main of belly of pork was maybe four matchboxes so passable at approximately 80 grams. My companion was furious that his main of plaice was three little bits of fish with a cooked weight of maybe 15 grams each. I do concede that what little food we got was quite tasty.
Just wanting to add my two cents - beautiful food, different and exciting. Nice atmosphere and great staff. Can't say better than that really! I definitely want to go back and try the 72 hour menu.
One of the cosiest modern restaurants in London. It is so minimalistic and laid back that you can actually enjoy every minute there. The reception is great and inviting. Atmosphere, interior and music is modern. And the best part is Meid's love for food. Each bite takes you home. It is so simplistic and has that humility to it, that it makes me glad Ink is so hidden and further away from central and all sounds, noises and daily frustrations. There you concentrate on food, people and, gladly, yourself. Definitely worth booking a table with someone close to you.
We dine hear last night, and had the 7 course tasting menu, that is prepared 72 hours in advance, each course came with a matching drink, beautifully presented, very fresh, and a taste sensation, highly recommended, other tip if you want big portions wetherspoons is your best bet
I'm a bit suspicious about these reviews minus 2 of them. The food is nice however the portions are actually laughable. We were hungry and waited for quite a while. Not only was there no bread but there was also the smallest portions I've had in a long while. Restaurant has potential however portions and options need to be addressed. It's a good location for us locals but it's not value for money at all.
food was good, but portions absolutely minimal, expect mains the size of a small starter, my plaice was 3 tiny pieces, the size of an average basilicum leaf, 35 grams at the most altogether, ridiculous. Bread was not available. Due to the long wait, we left as hungry as we arrived. All the jublilant reviews make me suspicious...
Can't believe the other reviews on this site. We tried the restaurant and were absolutely shocked by the miniscule portions that we were served up. The food was mediocre at best, and certainly not worth going off the beat and track for.
We left the restaurant feeling well and truly ripped off for the price we had paid - given the tiny portions and distinctly average quality food. Our party mentioned this to the staff who were unreceptive. Given the restaurant was completely empty - I guess they have to try and rip off whoever comes through the door to pay the rent.
Don't see this place staying open for long!