The Richmond

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A Dalston restaurant and bar specialising in fish and shellfish, and masterminded by Brett Redman - the man behind Eliot's, in Borough Market.

Weak bladder? Naturally modest? Then be glad you didn’t join us at The Richmond restaurant and bar. We inadvertently visited in the opening week, and they hadn’t had time to finish the lavs. There were no locks on doors or doors on the cubicles, which protected punters’ privacy with just a piece of fabric.

This is an extreme example of why we try to avoid the prevailing trend for premature visits and – worse still – judgments. But it underlined that the place was still very much a work in progress, and we liked the work we saw.

The Richmond occupies a large, attractive corner site in Dalston, and its menu emphasises fish and shellfish raw and cooked. There’s a separate oyster menu and oyster happy hours Monday to Saturday.

We ate a bunch of fishy dishes, including some fabulous oysters, seabass tartare with oyster mayo (£8), and a small but beautiful crab sandwich served on an English muffin (£7). There are also meaty things, including a Sunday roast for four of whole shoulder of lamb (£60). Don’t even think of leaving without ordering the dark and mellow banana tart.

Early-days syndrome was evident in various problems. There was underpowered seasoning of several dishes; mistimed delivery of small plates; a batter on lukewarm ‘crispy prawns’ (£6) that was more squish than crunch; a way-too-oily side of creamed spinach.

These little things can be solved easily, and we suspect in time will be, as chef and co-owner Brett Redman (also of Elliot’s Café in Borough Market) knows his stuff. Wine is on the pricey side – there’s little under £30 apart from 500ml carafes, and while 11 are sold by the glass, they’re 125ml measures, ie the smallest of wine glass sizes. There is also a very interesting list of craft beers in bottles, and cocktails at a reasonable £7 to £8.

And the unfinished toilets? I’m relieved to say they’re now a thing of the past. Your modesty is safe at the Richmond.

By: Richard Ehrlich

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Venue name: The Richmond
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Address: 361 Queensbridge Road
London
E8 3NH
Opening hours: Open Mon-Friday 5pm-midnight; Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-11pm.
Transport: Haggerston Overground; London Fields or Dalston Junction rail.
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Pepa P
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Very bad service.

We had to wait for our food to be served food for 1 hour, when we asked the waiter where the food was we didn't even get any apology and they did not make any effort to make things better.

We had to repeatedly ask for our drinks too.

There is nothing especial about this place and is expensive.

John
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Entire table had food poisoning from oysters and that was the best thing on the menu. 


Emailed staff received lackluster response and no rebate which is especially underwhelming given we were advised to choose these oysters (3 different types * 12 of each = lots of vomiting for a lot of money). 


The same old food options in Hackney may be boring but I've never been sick at Bistroteque. 

Chan N

Sat at the oyster bar with friends during the happy hour (half price no longer £1 each) but had to flag the barman for attention each time to order as he was more interested in what was behind him despite having seen us whilst chatting with his mate. Got up and went to the end of the bar to get myself an oyster fork and had to ask for a napkin.

Staff behind the bar disappeared for some time but reappeared after the end of happy hour. We asked the floor waitress to honour our order after explaining nobody was around and after a moment of saying she couldn't, agreed to give us 3 more oysters at half price.

Oysters were good enough when they finally arrived (only had 3 choices Cumbrae, Lindisfarne, Hearty) but a £10 steak tartare was only a little less underwhelming than the service.

More style over substance, the staff need better training or perhaps they're just too cool to serve any mere mortals who may dare to break their reveries of hipster grandeur. Tempted to ask for the 12.5% service charge to be removed but decided it wasn't worth the hassle.

Jo Gowans
Tastemaker

I'm not yet entirely convinced by The Richmond, but I'll certainly be giving it another chance to win me over. Our service was very good, friendly with helpful recommendations and we were left with space to breathe. 


The wine list was dominated by unfamiliar grapes, so those recommendations definitely came in handy, and we took a gamble on a traditional cloudy Prosecco. The taste was more akin to Champagne, but it did have a rather unpleasant odour. We started with oysters, which were perfectly palatable but not spectacularly dressed. I enjoyed the sardines very much, but was less convinced by beef tartare topped in crispy fried shoestring fries. For mains the lamb meat was well cooked and tasty, although the cut was very fatty. Our fish was so rich and buttery that it went beyond indulgent and became rather overwhelming - it stopped me in my tracks before we made it to dessert. 


The Richmond came highly recommended by a reliable source, and all in all we had a very pleasant evening, so I won't be deterred by some of the culinary shortcomings. We'll be back for oyster happy hour and cockails. 

Perry B

Came a long way based on favourable press and curiousity about the area and its transformation. The restaurant is difficult to get to so a warm welcome when one arrives would be appreciated. I received just the opposite. Upon entering, three staff members who seemed to be having their own party, shouted "we're closed" before we were fully Inside on a cold night recently. No one showed any interest in our arrival though we had reserved, and reconfirmed, our reservation well in advance. To make matters worse, we were bursting when arrived and the loos were out of order and again, the 3 visible staff members, could have cared less. While I planned to return at "opening time" for the meal, I was so put off I cancelled the reservation. As they say, "first impressions are lasting ones." In the cut throat restaurant world, no establishment can afford to treat customers that way, and my guess this place's days are numbered.

Minnie-Mae S

Booking was cancelled twice, once being my birthday. No apology or offer of goodwill. When we finally got to go, overpriced, food was cold, we had a pushy and rude waitress. We weren't allowed to bring a small cake for a birthday party, the waitress sneered at the thought. You don't feel welcome at all. Up its own backside! It should consider its area a bit more

karen f

Though fish and shellfish is meant to be the speciality, I found the menu to be quite varied which was a nice surprise. I opted for the veggie gnocchi which was absolutely delicious - in fact the best gnocchi I've had for ages! Overall a lovely experience with great staff and weird but delicious cocktails.

Helen C

Went for oyster happy hour and had the best oysters I have had in London. We had 5 dozen and a good bottle of Sauvignon from the Loire for £35. Got a season the patio. Reminds me of eating oysters in Trouville France. The inside looked nice too and lots of light and natural wood, we will definitely come back.