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Iron Bloom

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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A British restaurant and cocktail bar in Shoreditch serving creative-sounding sharing plates.

Housed in a former iron factory bang in the middle of Shoreditch, this small-plates restaurant gets top marks for trendiness. With exposed brick walls, iron pillars, wooden tables and dim lighting, the look is industrial-chic. As you’d expect from a restaurant from the same people as nearby Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Iron Bloom has excellent cocktails. And, at peak times, a DJ on the decks.

There’s a succinct menu made up of ‘Nibbles’ and ‘Sharing Plates’. Best of the lot was the wagyu and bone marrow burger, which was bursting with perfectly cooked, succulent meat. Be warned: this burger is definitely not big enough to share (despite being £15). Almost as good was a plate of stacked crumpets topped with smoked cod roe, crab butter and caviar. Salty roe, creamy butter and spongy crumpets: a dream team. Wild boar, game and apple croquettes were expensive (£8)but worth it: the casing beautifully light, the filling tangy and generous. Another pleasant surprise was the eclectic and refreshing raspberry potato salad, like forkfuls of summer.

Despite the highs, there were lows: the promising-sounding pheasant parcel with beetroot purée amounted to something flavourless and small that couldn’t stand up to its price tag. The dissatisfying English lamb cutlet (£18 for one) was fatty and slippery in the mouth. The red mullet with rum and raisin went unfinished.

While the food looks good here and the cocktails and ambience are on point, the confusingly-sized portions and pricing need ironing out – then, perhaps, it’ll be ready to bloom.

By: Kavi Shah



Address: 46 Great Eastern Street
Transport: Shoreditch High St Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £120.
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Iron Bloom is a creative restaurant based in Shoreditch.

About 5  minutes walk away from Boxpark, I found myself gorging on mouthwatering wagyu-beef burgers with a blue (yes, blue!) bun and washing it down a 'Bloom Sour' chosen from their signature cocktail menu.

Sharing is caring and so you can find yourself rubbing shoulder with your neighbour as you chow down at the long communal table. But if you prefer some me time. You can find perch yourself at the bar or at the counter. 

What I loved most about Iron Bloom is the industrial-chic decor. Once an industrial coal building, it's history has been carefully preserved, paying homage to what the building once was. You can expect overhead lightbulbs, exposed bricks, even the list shaft carrying the coal from basement to ground floor has been preserved. But this is Shoreditch so head to the toilets to something truly unique and hip.

Come here for friends or with a date. It's 'oh so Shoreditch.' But I love that. Come, especially if you're looking for a typically hip Shoreditch restaurant.

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