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Pickled Fred

Restaurants, Pan-Asian Spitalfields
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
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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.

By: Matt Breen

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Details

Address: 61 Hanbury Street
Shoreditch
London
E1 5JP
Transport: Shoreditch High Street Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60
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Users say (7)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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This restaurant is one of my favourite restaurants for brunch in London. I love the flatbread they make and serve with the poached eggs - very original! The service is great and the staff is friendly.


What a fantastic find! Great food. Lovely cosy atmosphere. Flatbreads made to suit all tastes. Gluten free and vegan options to suit all. Octopus beautifully tender. Jack fruit scotch egg so exciting.Chermoula aubergine- a great dish and the roasted cauliflower- soo good. The owners are so friendly and make you feel really at home. Ben is a perfect host - welcoming with a smile, always having time to spend with you giving you recommendations,taking the time to explain each dish and will recommend any accompaniments. Such a lovely place to be. Can is a master of cocktails. He has created wonderful cocktails to match the foods and more besides. Our regular venue.

tastemaker

Pickled Fred can be summed up in one sentence - killer cocktails, killer pickles and killer smiles. Can Turker’s cocktails here are really delicious and if that doesn’t impress you, Ben Lusty’s service will. 

What we had: 

  • Fred’s Pickles
  • Jackfruit Scotch Egg, masala mayonnaise
  • Coconut Braised Pork Belly Bao, picked mushrooms
  • Grilled Octopus, harissa marinated chickpeas, black tahini, pickled red onions, preserved lemons
  • Banh Mi Flatbread with pork belly pork mince, pate, pickled carrot, daikon, soy mayo, chilli butter, Asian leaves
  • Chocolate pudding

The interior here has a more restaurant focused atmosphere rather than a bar atmosphere and I think this should be the other way around as their strength is in their cocktails and service - which then naturally gives way to their Pan-Asian inspired street food menu. There are a lot of flavours going on in this menu and could do with a little “less is more” approach. The pickles and scotch egg were the favourites, the pork belly bao was tender with the pickled mushrooms adding an interesting dimension; however, the bao itself was a little too delicate and easily fell apart. I would pass on the octopus in general as it wasn’t particularly memorable; although it was plated nicely and I did like the carcinogenic charcoal crispiness it had. I would also pass on the desert and order more cocktails instead. The flatbreads are a very interesting idea as they’re basically Pan-Asian flavoured pizzas and are clearly great accompaniments to drinks and a sharing atmosphere. Also, they aren’t shy on the toppings! Overall a really enjoyable meal, though I think they may have to decide whether they’re more of a restaurant or a bar and I would refine the menu down a bit.


Tip: They have happy hour until 7pm with 20% off their Dinner Menu and £5 Cocktails.


Good For: catch up with friends, something different, small groups, cheap and cheerful, casual dinner


Pickled fred is one of the best places i have been for a very long time, it has a lovely chilled vibe lovely decor the food is great and at a really good price the drinks are great with plenty of different types of cocktails, and one of the best things about pickled fred was the staff they were great really made you feel like you was at home and like you have known them for years so a massive thanks to them for making my night and cant wait to go back. I would really recommend pickled freds for not only a night out but also go to during the day.


I love this place. Cocktails are very unique and the food is incredibly delicious and it’s only couple of seconds walking distance from Bricklane! Apple and sesame fritters made a perfect happy end for our night.


Amazing venue, Me and my family came here for pre christmas dinner. Absolutely loved everything. Service was so friendly. Haven't try the flavours they use in their dishes before.

Jackfruit scotch eggs, Beef shin rendang and Pickled plum sticky rice were so tasty. We will definitely come back here again.

tastemaker

Pickled Fred, named after a monkey keen on stealing pickles from people around, is a lovely new Asian place opened just off Brick Lane. The restaurant offers tapas-style dishes to share, however we decided to each take a flatbread and a starter and it was the right quantity. The flatbread with Chermoula Aubergine, rocket, labneh, dukkah and pickled cherry tomatoes was delicious and the Pork Patties were nice although a bit spicy for me. I will come back to try their brunch based on flatbreads as well! 

tastemaker

I love how this place is named after "Fred, a quirky, mischievous, pickle-stealing monkey" from the Philippines 😂 @thepickledfred.

They were in their soft launch week so there were bound to be a few teething problems. The music was quite loud. I'm softly spoken and the waitress really struggled to hear me. Our food took a while to get to us too... It might have seemed longer because I was hungry too!

I was really looking forward to trying their jack fruit scotch egg, but they had run out 🙁. There was no doubt that Fred's Pickles were indeed pickled! There was a kick to it, but in a good way. The pork pattie was really dry and halloumi fries too over done. They did give us another portion, but again was over cooked.

From the mains, I was disappointed with Fred's Banging Banh Mi. There was a tomato base so it just tasted like a pizza. The Yuzu Avocado was bland, but the Morcilla Black Pudding was spot on. Pickled mushrooms, red pepper coulis, fried eggs and salad - nothing needs to change here.

When the bill came, we noticed a few things were missing and spoke to the owner, Ben. He had noticed we didn't like the halloumi fries so had taken that off and as a gesture of good will, also removed a few other items. I thought this was very kind of him and with the 50% off from the soft launch, this was a very cheap lunch 😁.

We did offer feedback too regarding the dishes and he took it graciously. Another point was that there were no accessible toilets for wheelchair users, but Ben assures me there is one and it will be completed within the next week. I also expressed my disappointment about the scotch eggs - there better be one with my name on it next time! Lol so I guess there will be a next time then. To be continued...

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