Rochelle Canteen

Restaurants, British Shoreditch
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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An airy, modern space act as the canteen for the creatives working in this patch of Shoreditch - short but enticing menu and ace cooking.

Please note, Rochelle Canteen has now extended its opening hours and gained an alcohol license. Time Out Food editors, October 2017.

Eating at Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson’s daytime-only spot remains a distinctive treat: entry is via a buzzer on a tiny door in the wall of an old Victorian school on Arnold Circus, now a hub of creative studios.

Inside, a handful of outdoor tables and a former bike shed converted into an airy, modern space act as the canteen for the creatives working here, and those lucky outsiders in the know. Once you’re one of them, you’ll find a short but enticing menu that, on our visit, included a pea soup with bantam egg and mint; grilled quails and green sauce; rabbit rillettes; and a pork chop with mustard and chard. The latter was perfect – the meat slightly charred on the outside, with a hint of pink in the middle and, best of all, a broad ribbon of melting fat and crispy skin running along one side. A colourful platter of herb gnocchi with courgettes and peppers tasted as lovely as it looked, and a dessert of chocolate pots was to die for, in just the way an indulgent, luscious chocolate dessert should be.

Newcomers to the Shoreditch dining scene can come and go, Rochelle Canteen stands firm, and stands out.


Venue name: Rochelle Canteen
Address: Rochelle School, Arnold Circus
E2 7ES
Transport: Tube: Shoreditch High Street rail
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I had wandered by Rochelle Canteen at least ten times before but could never figure out how to get in, so I would just end up going somewhere else. I turns out, you have to press a buzzer to get into the converted school on Arnold Circus, via the boys entrance. 

I recently went on a Wednesday at 12:30 without a booking. They were fully booked but managed to squeeze me in at a table for one hour. The setting is beautiful, with vines growing overhead and planter pots surrounding the courtyard. The main body of the restaurant is a light and airy converted bike shed and one whole side has a wall of windows that opens up.

The menu is concise and changes daily. I ordered the St. James cheese and shallot tart with a side of broccoli. The tart was delicious and came with a small salad. The side of brocolli was huge but slightly too saturated in butter. 

Service was a bit rushed but to be fair, so many people were showing up without reservations that needed to be turned away and they still needed to attend a full restaurant. As half the tables are outdoors, hope for good weather when you go!

I've only eaten here for private events which are invariably large (over 200 people). Even at this level the food has been spectacular. Simple, scrumptious, beautifully cooked. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Beautifully made and presented food, lovely garden, all tucked neatly away behind an unassuming brick wall and a stone throw away from the craziness of shoreditch. The staff can be a bit brusque and abrupt sometimes.

This is a five star restaurant. I have eaten here countless times and my meal has never been anything other than faultless. Service is charming, and the food is simple, elegant and brilliant value. This is truly one of London's hidden gems. Anyone who has enjoyed a meal at 10 Greek Street or 40 Maltby Street recently should check this place out immediately. It's better than both of them. The only downside is that they're only open monday to friday for lunch!

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