London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
This Bethnal Green stalwart has changed in character since it opened nigh on a decade ago. Housed in a former warehouse, Bistrotheque used to be home of one of the most exciting cabaret spaces in the city, but a recent refurbishment has seen it transformed into a more conventional contemporary drinking and dining spot while rightly remaining a popular venue. Shifts in London’s cabaret scene and east London bar culture in general account for the change of focus. The revamped space is white, bright and airy, consisting of a long light-filled and white-walled room, minimalist in aesthetic with a white island bar, the Manchici, which caters to walk-ins. Decor is simple and faintly industrial with plain white tables and exposed light fittings. The drinks menu is now targeted more towards those dining, with an emphasis on aperitifs and post dinner tipples (or ‘pudding’ drinks as the menu has it, including an Espresso Martini and the White Russian, so beloved of the Dude). A classic Martini was sharp and strong, as it should be, and the Pom Pom, a mix of pear, vanilla and tequila, sounds right up our street. The food here is also consistently creative and well-presented, there’s a wide-ranging wine list and their prix fixe is excellent value. Their weekend brunch, complete with live piano accompaniment and a nice line in boozy treats, is a particular highlight.
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