Chef Isaac McHale and front of house duo Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith (with their Young Turk’s colleagues James Lowe and Ben Greeno) have been at the forefront of all that is hip and happening foodwise in London for quite some time now.
I last got to taste their food at The Ten Bells (see here) and when, in March, I saw that they’ve opened at the Shoreditch Town Hall, I was naturally keen to revisit.
It was circa 95/96, for a hippiesque Whirl-Y-Gig club night that I last visited Shoreditch Town Hall. Times have changed - the hippies have moved out and the hipsters are most definitely in… We ate:
English Asparagus, Black Sesame & Gochuchang
The signature dish of 'Buttermilk Chicken & Pine Salt' is something special.
Wild Salmon & Horseradish on Rye
Scottish Blood Pudding, Green Beans, Peach & Mustard Sauce
Onion, Westcombe Cheddar Sauce & Summer Truffle
Wild Irish Char, Tomatoes, Brown Butter & Dill
Slow Roast Lincolnshire Chicken, Peas, Girolles & Garlic Scape, Tarragon Purée, Thyme Jus and Italian Summer Truffle.
Chicken bits on sticks.
Baked Elderflower Custard & Raspberries
Prune Ice Cream, Tea Soaked Prune, Rosemary Sorbet & Walnut Cake Crumbs
Verdict: Loved it!