We were not just hopping, but skipping and jumping to this restaurant (upstairs) come drinking den (downstairs) that has just opened up on Brick Lane, and I’m pleased to say that it lived up to expectations. A warm and welcoming ambience, matched by courteous and informative staff, set the tone for what turned out to be a splendid evening. KD Royales (elderflower, cucumber, gin, lemon and fizz) were imbibed while we surveyed the relatively short, but sweet, menu of sharing plates. They all sounded delicious, but we reined in our gluttonous instincts and opted for just five: kohlrabi, pit-roasted aubergine, burrata, wood-fired pork bun and house pickles. As each dish arrived we found ourselves oohing and aahing, with everything looking zingingly fresh as well as thoughtfully plated. Not that we made much noise while actually consuming our meal, with all of our concentration going on the sublime and unusual melding of textures and flavours. These calibre of dishes don’t happen by accident, so serious kudos to the kitchen.
Hopscotch – restaurant & bar
202 Brick Lane, E1 6SA