Surrounded by industrial units just off the Kingsland Road, Waterhouse is something of an unexpected gem. Recently refurbished, the space is modern and bright, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Regent’s Canal. The outdoor tables are prime spots for people- (and duck-) watching, as Haggerston’s cyclists and dog-walkers parade along the opposite side of the waterway.
The restaurant is part of a scheme to train underprivileged locals in the catering trade via the charity Shoreditch Trust, so don’t be surprised to hear the head chef putting apprentices through their paces in the open kitchen. It’s all part of the atmosphere, and results in excellent value, with most daytime mains costing £6 (prices are higher for dinner). The grill was put to good use in a verdant appetiser of chargrilled courgette, asparagus and peas, and imparted a Mediterranean flavour to a main course of bream. Spiced lamb lasagne was a hearty rendition of a classic, and all the dishes were enticingly presented.
To drink, there’s a brief wine list and beers from east London breweries. Far from being worthy, Waterhouse offers an object lesson in making sustainability and social enterprise in the food world seem dynamic and forward-looking.
10 Orsman Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-10pm Tue-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Haggerston rail or bus 67, 242|
|Price:||Main courses £8-£13.50. Set lunch £10 2 courses. Set dinner £16 2 courses|
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Lovely food, lovely location, very enthisiastic (maybe a bit overly so at times!) waitress. I was really surpised it was so quiet in there! The only thing the three of us ordered that we didn't love was the pannacotta, and they had run out of a lot of the ice-cream flavours. Apart from that, we were very pleasantly surprised. Plus, its a social enterprise, so you're doing good for disadvantaged young people at the same time.
Great spot, well worth a visit. The food was generous, well presented and delicious and the service outstanding. A great social enterprise that didn't seem nearly busy enough for the experience it offers. We went on a pretty grey and cold evening but on a nice day, the tables outside would be lovely. I'll be back for sure.