The Merchants Tavern
London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
The Merchants Tavern is a classy operation and no mistake. Housed in a former Victorian warehouse in east London, the large room is light and handsome, all bare brickwork and parquet with curved ivy-green leather banquettes and plenty of smart seating in shades of grey and burgundy. There’s some seriously good cooking going on here with chef Neil Borthwick’s food (he’s Angela Hartnett’s other half) influenced by the flavours and cooking techniques of Europe predominantly France, Spain and Italy but also recognisably British in execution. Roast brill comes with coco beans, anchovies and bread sauce, while roast venison is plated with braised red cabbage and sprout tops A menu of smaller, sharing dishes (including some epic sounding deep-fried oysters with ginger and chilli) is available in the bar area alongside a range of quality charcuterie and cheeses. Their cocktail list features a number of the classics alongside their own creations and the stock a good list of wine including a few natural varieties. House cocktails include the Old Street Fashioned, a rich blend of ten year old Armagnac, Cognac, rum, and a dash of Orange and Chocolate Bitters. The house Martini blends gin with Dolin Vermouth, Cocchi Americano, Orange Bitters, and a twist of lemon to create a deliciously crisp and potent drink, while the Ezra Street Runner pairs rum with lime juice, Green Chartreuse, mint and a touch of Agave, the resulting mix rinsed with Absinthe.
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