Second branch of the feted wine bar, with Brit-Euro fusion food.
Down a cobbled street banked by estate agents, a petrol station and a wall of graffiti, the approach to Sager + Wilde’s second branch hardly screams fine dining. But that’s the charm of London. The crummy can sit with the flash, so you never know when you’re going to stumble upon a real gem.
Paradise Row is one of those: a place where railway arches house a bevy of trendy bar-restaurants, one of which was taken over back in 2014 by Michael Sager (now the sole owner) and Charlotte Wilde. The duo, who spent much of their lives visiting vineyards around the world, put together an intimidatingly vast wine list that, thankfully, the staff know as well as the owners. My barrage of questions about the best white to pair with pork were met confidently – a fresh, pear-hinting Saladini Pilastri Falerio from Marche, Italy, if you’re wondering.
Abundant beverages aside, this Sager + Wilde is very much about the food. Having enlisted the talents of Sebastian Myers (formerly of Chiltern Firehouse), the menu comprises British dishes with European flourishes. The grilled cut of Iberico pork was a particular highlight; teamed with black trompettes and hispi cabbage, each mouthful popped with salty-sour flavourings, levelled off beautifully by the sweetness of the red apple jus.
Despite the industrial setting, the vibe is inviting. Neatly lined-up wooden tables are lit by candlelight and a few low-hanging bulbs. Service was impeccable – our waitress happily (and patiently) explained the sizing of the large and small plates, and wine glasses were kept topped up without my lifting a finger. The atmosphere was so pleasant that I prolonged my visit with a mellow, creamy Rollright cheese and delicate homemade oat crackers just to savour the surroundings. Sager + Wilde isn’t somewhere you simply pop into for dinner – you stay for the experience.
Australian-born head chef Sebastian Myers draws on his restaurant experiences in northern Europe, the Middle East and Asia to create menus which change daily.
|Venue name:||Sager + Wilde Paradise Row|
250 Paradise Row
|Transport:||Tube: Bethnal Green|
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Very unique venue, with cool vibes outside in the summer. Had the a bunch of different dishes (and wines) and all were delicious. Really interesting tea and cocktail programs too – who knew?! But the incredible wines and low markups what drive me here.
Great service (Zalto glassware), relaxed ambiance and a terrific
selection of wines, including many hard-to-find gems: back when Vatan's
Sancerre's weren't imported in the UK, this was the only place to find
them, for example; Michael is always ahead of the curve. Really serious
events with top producers too. Still have warm memories of a Domaine Dujac BBQ last year.
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