While travelling and escaping the British weather with some U.S. East Coast heat madness, I realised that I was a bit negligent of the blog. To fill the time until I am back with loads of great news and stories from the current trip, I wanted to share my latest East London restaurant discovery: The Corner Room.
The Corner Room in Bethnal Green was one of the best places I’ve been recently. It ticks all the boxes, creative, unpretentious in a way how excellent quality is served in a relaxed setting, cool dining room (and yes as the name suggests, the room is in the corner), easy service, daily menu with a handful of choices but each of it makes you think “I want it all”. Ok before I show you some of the mouth-watering dishes, here’s the friend who welcomes you before entering The Corner Room.
We kicked off with slices of excellent sourdough, and not much is needed to accompany good bread than a little bit of salted butter. The bread came big green olives stuffed with with anchovy, orange and parsley. A decent start! (especially as some restaurants only serve mediocre bread, and I as I German do really love bread :-)
Starters were an eye pleaser with their arty presentation of colourful food on very simple, plain white plates. Standing out was the raw sea bream, which tasted as good as it looks. Ohhhh dear, I WANT this again, NOW!!!
Starter #2 can do meaty and was Pigs head with dandelion and parsley. The head is beneath the dandelion.
Because two starters are not enough, here’s #3, the squid with buttermilk and asparagus:
Mains continued to come out just as beautiful as the starters. The salmon was of course perfectly cooked and actually confit. The Iberico pork was perhaps a little less done than at other places but oh so perfect in taste.
Desert revealed a real surprise: the rhubarb and buttermilk sorbet was a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, so all in all a very delicious plate. But, and now comes the big surprise – not because it’s an unusual pairing but because I normally loathe licorice: The winning desert was clearly the licorice with black garlic (!!!!) and pineapple ice cream!
Last impression from inside The Corner Room as we left:
We will be back for more very soon!
The Corner Room @ TownHall Hotel
London E2 9NF