London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
This Hackney sibling to Soho’s Duck Soup had to relinquish its Amhurst Road base not too long after opening – the building was eventually demolished – but fortunately it quickly found a new perch on Hackney’s Richmond Road. The new room has the same stripped back feel, raw in name, raw in nature, all concrete and brick, with the word ‘food’ picked out in neon. They’ve retained the concrete counter and the shocking orange coffee machine. The atmosphere remains the same too. By day, it has cool café vibe serving Caravan coffee, sweet things from Violet Cakes, and superior sandwiches made with E5 Bakehouse bread. Come evening and the place becomes more of wine bar, with an emphasis on natural and biodynamic wines, some of which can be a bit challenging: cloudy and complex, a little muddy at times, but that’s part of the appeal for many. There’s a decent range available by the carafe, always a good thing and our book. And we haven’t even started on the food. The menu changes daily but is always packed full of tempting things. The anchovy and thyme toasts make a delicious appetizer and the bacon chop, lavabread and cockles will finish the job. Many of the dishes are lighter affairs, often mixing Middle Eastern flavours with well-sourced, local ingredients. They do a sublime range of cheeses and piggy bits too, and if the Dirty Bird sandwich is available you have to get it, a wicked mix of chilli roast chicken, iceberg lettuce and jalapeno mayo.
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