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Strut & Cluck

Restaurants, Mediterranean Spitalfields
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

A Middle Eastern fusion restaurant specialising in free-range turkey.

When we heard a restaurant specialising in turkey was opening, we assumed it was just another poultry-focused fast-food shack. Instead, flavours at Strut & Cluck are Mediterranean and all-the-rage Middle Eastern, with dishes coming out mezze-sized.

The menu features all the staples, from pastrami to koftes, baba ganoush to schnitzel. Really, it’s a bit too wide – it felt like they were spreading themselves thin. Charred cauliflower with lemony crème fraîche had all the flavours in place, but was overcooked and lacked bite. A watermelon, feta, mint and olive salad also fell flat, while the hand-pulled shawarma with dates and pine nuts was so salty and over-spiced that I couldn’t finish it.

Happily, then, that the 'classic' turkey really shone. The slow-roasted thigh was tender and delicious: a far cry from the dry bird we’ve all suffered at festive feasts.

So, if you’re looking for a lean, tasty turkey fix, you’ll gobble this up. But for Middle Eastern-inspired small plates, there are frankly better (and cheaper) places to go.

Details

Address: 151-153 Commercial Street
London
E1 6BJ
Transport: Shoreditch High Street Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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Opening hours: Mon Midday-9.30pm; Tue-Thu midday-10pm; Fri midday-10.30pm; Sat 11am-10.30pm; Sun 10.30am-9pm.
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Users say (17)

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Average User Rating

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It's Turkey but not as you know it- a relaxed environment serving reasonably priced Israeli style cuisine with turkey ( bot not only) as a key ingredient... A turkey is not just for Christmas but tastes great braised, in koftes with beetroot, schnitzel, etc. The whole cauliflower is a meal in itself. The environment is relaxed and informal with friendly service

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Great unusual cuisine at great prices. Really warm and friendly staff too.

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Tastemaker

I eat turkey maybe twice a year, so was intrigued when I heard a restaurant serving no meat but turkey was opening near my office in Spitalfields. But the thing that really drew me in was that it's a menu inspired by Israel with lots of vegetarian dishes to accompany all those turkey dishes. I've visited Tel Aviv a few times and was blown away by the vegetarian dishes there and love Israeli restaurant The Palomar in China Town, so was keen to check out Strut & Cluck.


We ordered turkey meat balls on a beetroot humous with okra, the house salad with quinoa, turkey souvlaki with date freekah, pickles, tahini dip and Chik Chak Mix (giant Israeli couscous with fried onions). All the dishes were very good. Delicious bread to go with the tahini dip. FavourIte dish was the turkey souvlaki. Service was excellent (casual & friendly, but very professional) and lovely shabby/sweet interior with distressed walls and lots of pot plants. Would definitely recommend Strut & Cluck for lunch or dinner. I'll be back again as soon as they start serving brunch. I'm guessing they'll do an amazing version of the Israeli classic brunch dish shakshuka!
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Tastemaker

Came here for the soft launch and was extremely pleased with the overall experience! First off, the decor of the restaurant is lovely, it feels like youve been transported to a Mediterranean city and are relaxing on holiday! The service is brilliant too, with polite and attentive service but not overly intrusive. 


The food here is tapas style, so come with friends and order everything. The focus here is on turkey, a much maligned meat generally eaten only at Christmas, but I love turkey any day of the year! Standout dishes for me were actually the starter dishes, with the lettuce cups being fantastic, and the grilled sourdough coming a close second. Each one is packed with flavour and tastes authentic and fresh. 


I tried the turkey wings and the slow roast thigh, both of which were just...meh. They were good and tasty, but nothing spectacular enough to make me order them again or recommend them. 


Still, there's plenty left on the menu I haven't tried and the cocktails/desserts also look great. 4 stars for a fun and tasty meal, with potential for this new restaurant to be really great! 

tastemaker

This Shoreditch spot is now called Delamina East and it's well worth a visit. Simple, classy interiors, excellent attentive service and very tasty food. The best thing to do here is share lots of plates - everything we had was diving, especially the turkey & hummus and octopus. Take recommendations from your server, they really seem to know what they're talking  about. A lovely vibey atmosphere and reasonably priced for what you get - highly recommend!

tastemaker

(Now known as Delamina East!) Visited for a friends 30th so we chose one of the set menus and the food (delicious and bursting with flavour) didn't stop coming. The staff were extremely accommodating for a table of 17, from covering multiple food allergies, to letting us hiding in the toilet area to surprise our friend! I would definitely recommend visiting! 

tastemaker

Visited here for Mother's Day and thought the food was really tasty! I was surprised to see so much veggie options given that I had read great things about how the restaurant was geared around Turkey... there actually wasn't a lot of that on the menu. I did order Hummus for starters with fresh warm pitta bread which was delicious and Shakshuka with Chorizo for main and that was also really good. The three other people I was with all went for the roast dinner, (one of those with Turkey) and they all really enjoyed it.

It's a quaint little place, (the tables are definitely close together) and I liked the decoration, would recommend for Sunday brunching. 

tastemaker

This Mediterranean restaurant served up some very tasty dishes - among our favorites was the charred cauliflower, lettuce cups and the absolutely delicious unique take on a cheesecake, the 'Kadayif Nest of Vanilla Cheesecake Cream'. This is a great restaurant to share food with fellow friends so that you can taste a bit of everything. The space may be a little cramped and it is quite expensive (our bill came to approx £40/head) but if you're looking for a place to eat as treat with decent service, this would be a good option!

tastemaker

As funny as the name sounds (maybe referring to turkey, the initially showcased ingredient when, the place was still a pop-up at Shoreditch House), Strut and Cluck is a serious modern, healthy, ethical, eastern-Mediterranean restaurant. Which also means for Spitalfields area: be amazed about the food, don't be surprised about prices!

It doesn't seem turkey has still such a predominant place in the menu, which gives more space to the rest, which in my opinion are worth the try as much.

The mezzes to share are unusual, yet clever combinations of seasonal vegetables and local herbs (roasted cauliflower, quinoa croquettes, aubergines with feta) and the fish and other meat dishes are a perfect following.

Cocktails and brunches are a must try too!

Tastemaker

Thanksgiving-- eat your heart out. This ain't your mum's turkey dinner. No no my friend. Buckle up for a titillating Turkey taste session! I had the avocado salad (tasty but nothing incredibly special) but what shone was the cauliflower and the turkey lettuce cups. I don't understand how you can make a cauliflower taste so good... I have attempted such feats of alchemy at home and have never been able to replicate. It was a vinegar-y taste which is cut by the creme fraiche making it very refreshing. Is it Berber & Que? No not quite, but it's pretty high up there. 


I ordered two lettuce cups and they were brimming with delicious pulled turkey. Interestingly they were served cold, which actually tasted pretty darn good. A very interesting flavour, smokey but also had some cumin and paprika action going on. Also with creme fraiche. If you don't like creme fraiche or pomegranates you may not enjoy it here-- its seems to adorn every dish!


I remove a star because of the price, but honestly you can do worse in many places in the area. Its a unique concept having turkey on the menu so I definitely recommend it for that. 

tastemaker

Wow. I have always been a fan of the much underestimated turkey . To find a restaurant that prioritises this meat, produces stunning and interesting flavour combinations and provides a chic and relaxing environment to enjoy them in..... I'm sold!

I can't recalled how roasted cauliflower first entered my life but every time I have it I feel like it's a revelation. Here the charred vegetable is drizzled with zesty creme fraiche and tangy pomegranate molasses. I could have quite happily ordered a whole one to munch in but we shared a half between 2.

For main I had the turkey shawarma. Almost crispy spiced turkey on a pitta with salad, sweet dates and creamy yogurt. It was a delight.

All of the dishes on the menu looked delicious and pretty healthy. Not extreme clean eating healthy, but a nice happy medium between that and full on American BBQ. The teas were also delicious, all singing with delicate rose. This eastern Mediterranean inspired dining is a joy with subtle flavours that are also wonderfully complex. I felt like I was on holiday :)

I can see how some might feel the price point is a little high but given the quality of the food, I think it was about right for an independanrt restaurant in this location.

tastemaker

A group of us settled on trying this place out after our plans fell through at another restaurant. I'll admit I wasn't excited nor had high expectations because for Sunday brunch, turkey wasn't what I had in mind. 


Oh how wrong I was. The brunch I enjoyed here on a gloomy February Sunday was an absolute joy - I genuinely had a moment where I felt sorry for myself having not visited already. 


Far from what I expected, the brunch menu shone a light on the magic of eastern-Mediterranean cuisine, encompassing the sweet and savoury and combining rich flavours with a range of textures. There was only one turkey option on the menu and a lengthy list of dishes to satisfy any mood.


Each of my party had a different item from the menu and each of us were delighted with our choices. The staff were super friendly, courteous and attentive. The atmosphere was clean and light and fortunately we went at a quieter moment so we could enjoy the relaxing vibes of the Sunday brunch time.


I had the Shakshuka with a side of Feta, honey and sesame seeds - together, they were an absolute treat and I felt like every mouthful was a revelation. I already look forward to going again very soon to try the other wonders on offer (but I genuinely feel like it'll be a crime if I don't order the feta again - amazing)

tastemaker

This turkey is litterally to die for, don't miss out! Really nice restaurant, just been there for Valentine's Day, super tasty food in chilled atmosphere. I would recommend one starter and one main each and if you still have some space, go for dessert. Perfect combo: potatoes starter, turkey and chocolate mousse cake, delicious!

tastemaker

Strut and Cluck is a welcomed addition to the Shoreditch area offering good quality, healthier (key for January!) menu choices.


The restaurant was originally opened to specialise in Turkey – a meat that is normally discarded throughout the year and only eaten at Christmas. Strut and Cluck uses inventive flavours and spices with a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern twist with a number of dishes on the menu coming out mezze-sized. The focus on turkey is as a lean, healthy meat that can taste just as good as any other meat with the right blend of herbs and spices.

If you are not quite sold on turkey, the restaurant offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes and lamb based dishes.


The interior of Strut and Cluck has a bright, modern and relaxed feel, making it a good destination for a catch up with friends (like I did) or a date night.


Between three of us, we choose the charred cauliflower with lemon zest, creme fraiche and pomegranate molasses and seeds, the paprika marinated baby squid with crispy kale and the pita balgan (which changes daily) with butternut squash, halloumi and mascarpone (amazing!)



On to the mains, two of us actually went rogue and chose the lamb dishes. I could not resist the lamb koftas on a bed of paprika hummus and charcoaled onions, which were really good. My friend opted for the slow cooked leg of lab with date molasses and garlic on a bed of polenta, which looked a little bland colour wise but tasted good, although there was a little too much rosemary.


Last (and certainly not least!) came one of the signature dishes – the turkey hand pulled shawarma with dates and pine nuts on grilled pita and salad. This was filling and bursting with flavour.


Price wise, it was around £25 each for the food (excluding drinks) so if you want to order a number of mezze dishes, it can add up. However, the quality of food and service makes it worth it. I also love a family run business with a genuine “homed cooked food” feel to it.


Really delicious food... don't be put off by the name of the restaurant... it's not a fried chicken restaurant!


Such a different and unique venue. The atmosphere, food and service are always 100%.


In the heart of the city, we found this small oasis of eastern mediterranean food and music. The presentation is impeccable and the cocktails remind you of summer nights under the starry sky. Highly recommended.

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