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Pickled Fred

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
Pickled Fred

Time Out Says

3 out of 5 stars

An intimate pan-Asian spot near the curry end of Brick Lane.

Lying just off Brick Lane, this low-lit restaurant-bar is one you’ll be grateful to enter after running the gauntlet of curry-house hawkers. As you’d expect, Pickled Fred’s fusion menu centres around pickled and preserved food, marked chiefly by North African, Middle Eastern and Asian influences. Think soy, harissa and chermoula: the sort of fiery, punchy flavours that hold their own between rounds of drinks. (Management have probably noted the resounding success of nearby Hopscotch, which delivers a fabulous menu along similar lines.)

Sadly, the grub didn’t quite live up to the flavours promised. While a plate of tiger prawns was nice and garlicky, the harissa-marinated octopus was chewy and little else. The same applied to a slightly chalky plate of roasted cauliflower doused in tahini.

Nay matter. Service was cheerful and swift, and contributed to a cosy atmosphere, while the cocktails weren’t to be scoffed at, the tangy Bamboo Shoot – a mix of gin, manzanilla sherry and pear liquor – in particular. Don’t go to this place for a big meal; opt for nibbles and focus on the drinks list instead. It could result in a whole different kind of pickledness.

Written by
Matt Breen


61 Hanbury Street
E1 5JP
Shoreditch High Street Overground
Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60
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