By Leonie Helm
Situated in Bethnal Green’s beautiful Edwardian Town Hall Hotel, which has a decidedly 1920s glamour about it, is The Corner Room. An original concept by renowned Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes, who has now moved on to executive chef of the Chiltern Firehouse, The Corner Room kitchen is now under the control of Chef Simon Shand. Shand’s love of accessible French cooking and punchy flavours brings us stunning seasonal breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that change daily. The dining room is limited with only 30 covers, decorated with an assortment of hanging lamps and plants. Lots of natural light, wooden floors and white tiled walls give the place an intimate rather than stifling atmosphere. The menu is atypical, it’s not tapas, but any plate can be ordered at any time, and all the dishes come at once. One of the few restaurants where you can comfortably share a main, the Corner Room’s current menu offers such delights as roast langoustines with carrots and nasturtium, grilled octopus, n’duja and capers, and top it all off with an exquisite dessert of blackberry, fig leaf and meringue. The portions are not the largest but can be happily shared, about 3 per person would do. All produce is seasonal and locally sourced, as well as being astonishingly good value, and the service isn’t half bad either.
The Corner Room
Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London E2 9NF